Using CDS Alerts to Drive Patient Safety, Opioid Stewardship

Implementing clinical decision support (CDS) alerts for opioid stewardship helped Fort Healthcare improve patient safety by increasing the rate of naloxone prescriptions.

“If a patient is seen in the emergency department, or with an orthopedic provider, a surgeon, or someone else, the alert will also pop up for them so they’re aware that there may be concerns about prescribing controlled substances to a patient if they have an agreement with someone else,” Winter said. “That way, they’re aware that they need to be careful about prescriptions.”