Louisville, KY, Nov. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Appriss Health today announced that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) will utilize its PMP Gateway integration service to provide NarxCare and North Carolina Controlled Substances Reporting System (CSRS) information to prescribers and pharmacists in the state directly within electronic health record and pharmacy management systems.

PMP Gateway is a managed service enabling the integration of the NarxCare platform and prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) information into electronic health record (EHR) and pharmacy management systems, and other clinical information systems.

NarxCare utilizes, analyzes, and presents information from North Carolina’s CSRS to enable clinicians to better identify patients that may be at risk for substance use disorder, overdose, and death. NarxCare equips these clinicians and care teams with advanced analytics, tools, technology, and invaluable insights that are presented and accessed within clinical workflow. NarxCare provides machine learning and artificial intelligence-based patient risk scores and other information in a visually interactive format to aid prescribers and pharmacists with clinical decision support. NarxCare also helps clinicians connect patients with additional resources within their community if needed, such as medication-assisted treatment.

By delivering NarxCare and CSRS information within workflow through PMP Gateway, this one-click process eliminates the need for prescribers and pharmacists to manually log into the CSRS website separately and then enter a patient’s name and demographics to search for them. By providing easy, instant access to real-time information and insights, Appriss Health helps healthcare providers and pharmacists to better evaluate and quickly intervene on the behalf of patients.

“We are committed to doing everything possible to address North Carolina’s opioid epidemic,” said Mandy Cohen, M.D., Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. “I encourage prescribers and pharmacies to take advantage of these tools, which can save lives by identifying patients in need of treatment.”

By giving prescribers and pharmacists direct access to the state’s PDMP information and NarxCare, North Carolina is further enhancing its aggressive, multi-pronged approach to curbing the opioid epidemic in the state. NCDHHS’ data shows that almost 1,700 unintentional opioid-related deaths occurred in 2017. By enabling NarxCare in clinical workflow, North Carolina is demonstrating its dedication to creating a more useful and powerful technology infrastructure, delivering innovative insights that go beyond basic CSRS data, and defining a care strategy that is necessary when dealing with patients impacted by the opioid epidemic. NarxCare in workflow can help clinicians identify when a potential problem with a patient arises, and alerts clinicians to respond.

“We commend the state and public health officials in North Carolina for all that they have done this year to help confront and control the opioid epidemic,” said Rob Cohen, President of Appriss Health. “It is clear that access to information and insights will continue to be a powerful asset in the fight against drug addiction, and improving the careful management, care, and treatment for those who need it most.”

To learn more about the immediate availability of NarxCare and CSRS information in clinical workflow for all prescribers and pharmacists in North Carolina, visit, please visit https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/mhddsas/ncdcu/csrs/integration.

About The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services manages the delivery of health- and human-related services for all North Carolinians, especially our most vulnerable citizens – children, elderly, disabled and low-income families. The Department works closely with health care professionals, community leaders and advocacy groups; local, state and federal entities; and many other stakeholders to make this happen.

The Department is divided into 30 divisions and offices. NCDHHS divisions and offices fall under four broad service areas - health, human services, administrative, and support functions.

NCDHHS also oversees 14 facilities: developmental centers, neuro-medical treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers, and two residential programs for children.

About Appriss Health

Appriss Health provides a comprehensive platform for early identification, prevention and management of substance use disorder (SUD). We provide state government agencies with the most advanced repository of controlled substance dispensing data, and deliver real-time clinical decision support, critical insights and interventions to physicians, pharmacists, and care team members through millions of patient encounters each year. Our solutions enable healthcare providers, pharmacists, and care team members to assess and manage clinical risk in order to positively impact patient safety and population health outcomes. For more information, please visit www.apprisshealth.com.

David Griffin
Appriss Health
502-815-3880
dgriffin@apprisshealth.com