Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 4 2018 - Page 33

PRACTICE PARTNER Giving physicians the tools they need The Ontario Partnered Support Table is a group of health system agencies intent on ensuring physicians have the support they need to feel more confident caring for patients with pain. Over the next several issues of Dialogue, we take a close look at how data, practice reports, facilitation and education developed by the Partnered Table’s participants can help physicians better understand the complexity of pain management. In this issue, we examine the work by Health Quality Ontario, OntarioMD, and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. T reating patients with complex problems, pain, high doses of opioids, addiction – these are all difficult issues, with no easy answers. But having access to information, such as meaningful prescribing data and patients’ medication histories, can help physicians make informed, rational prescribing decisions. Below, we describe several different initia- tives to give physicians the tools they need. The Digital Health Drug Repository The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s contribution is the Digital Health Drug Repository (DHDR), which represents a foundational component of the Ministry’s approach to enable a comprehensive digital drug profile for Ontarians. The DHDR supports authorized health- care providers’ secure electronic access to a patient’s available drug and pharmacy service information, thereby enabling clinicians to develop the best possible medication history at the point of care. The information available in the DHDR to authorized health-care providers includes: • Over eight years of information about dis- pensed publicly-funded drugs; • Over eight years of information about pub- licly-funded pharmacy services e.g., Meds- Check program, influenza vaccinations; • Over six years of information about all dispensed monitored drugs (narcotics and controlled substances) regardless of payor, when the approved identification used was a ISSUE 4, 2018 DIALOGUE 33