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PRACTICE PARTNER valid Ontario Health number. For drugs, health-care providers are able to view the dispensed date, name, strength, dos- age form, quantity and estimated days’ supply of the drugs which have been dispensed to a patient. In addition, prescriber and pharmacy information is displayed. For pharmacy services, providers will see the service date, a description of the service and the pharmacy information. In some instances, prescriber information will be available, which may be the name of the pharmacist that provided the pharmacy service. The DHDR information is currently avail- able through two provincial clinical viewers which are ClinicalConnect in South West Ontario and ConnectingOntario in the Greater Toronto Area and Northern and East- ern Ontario regions. Health Quality Ontario Health Quality Ontario’s contribution to self-assessment using prescribing data is MyPractice Reports, a customized report that can provide family physicians and orthopedic surgeons with a snapshot of their practice pat- terns. Nearly 3,000 family physicians across Ontario have already used the confidential report to view their care patterns in relation to their peers at the regional and provincial levels. Orthopedic surgeons who have signed up will be able to receive their first report in Spring 2019. These reports also include suggestions and tools, like pain management resources, alongside their data, so clinicians can spend less time looking for solutions and more time helping their patients. MyPractice Reports offers helpful cumulative data, but doesn’t identify individual patients. For opioid prescribing, these four indicators are looked at: 1. W  hat percentage of your patients are receiv- ing opioids? 2. W  hat percentage of these patients are just starting opioids? 3. What percentage of patients are on high-dose opioids (90 ml equivalent of morphine or more)? 4. W  hat percentage of patients on an opioid have also been prescribed a benzodiazepine (by anyone)? Opioids Clinical Primer on Machealth In collaboration with Ontario's six medical schools, Machealth has launched a new online learning program designed to help health professionals in Ontario better understand their role in the management of the ongoing opioid crisis. The program addresses common challenges in the management of chronic pain, with a specific focus on risk reduction when prescribing opioids, as well as a focused look at preventing opioid use disorder and overdoses. The online program was developed with the goal of reducing opioid related harms by:  elping clinicians develop strategies for safer h opioid prescribing increasing awareness of opioid use disorder and the availability of evidence-based treatment Facilitating access to naloxone Educating regarding harm reduction 34 DIALOGUE ISSUE 4, 2018