Medsphere supports federal alleviation of opioid epidemic

Medsphere Systems Corporation, the provider of affordable and interoperable healthcare information technology (IT) solutions and services, has endorsed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act signed into law by President Trump on October 24, the company said.

After losing more than 70,000 Americans to drug addiction in 2017–almost 50,000 of whom succumbed to an opiate overdose–it is encouraging to see the federal government provide funds to fight this epidemic.

Medsphere encourages Congress to take additional steps beyond the initial USD 6 billion devoted to opioid addiction, which also incorporates financial incentives for electronic health record (EHR) adoption by behavioral health providers. To hasten the development of a functional national healthcare IT network, Congress should also consider communication between healthcare IT platforms and alternative approaches to the provision of therapy in rural and underserved areas.

At this juncture, Medsphere suggests a long look at HL-7´s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard. The FHIR standard has emerged as the frontrunner and is being embraced with greater frequency by vendors and their clients. Congress might also consider an incentive program for the adoption of telehealth solutions, which could potentially make behavioral health and other types of care available in the areas where hospitals are few and psychiatrists are nonexistent.

Founded in 2002 and based in Carlsbad, Calif., Medsphere Systems Corporation is an organization of committed clinical and technology professionals working to positively impact patient care by delivering award-winning healthcare IT solutions for providers of every size and budget.