Hospital foundation funds opioid abuse prevention tool

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — The Fulton County Medical Center recently implemented new software allowing the center’s providers to access the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and a multi-state database of controlled narcotic prescriptions.

Supported by a $10,000 grant from the FCMC Foundation, the software allows practitioners to quickly que up patient history rather than accessing an outside program. The increase in efficiency of the prescription process improves patient experience and decreases the likelihood of providing medication to drug-seeking individuals, according to a news release from the foundation.

“The PDMP is a great management tool, which improves patient care and safety while preventing abuse,” Dr. Douglas Stern, chief of FCMC medical staff, said in the release. “It is a great communication tool between providers to prevent overprescribing controlled medications.”

FCMC is required by state law to submit controlled substance prescription information to the monitoring program and its statewide database. The new software allows for faster access to not only the Pennsylvania database, but a growing list of 17 states and the District of Colombia.