New York City to include substance-abuse feature in EHR system

04/30/2009 | Government Health IT magazine

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has unveiled plans to equip the city's EMR system with a substance-abuse screening tool. The program -- which applies to tobacco, alcohol, illicit and nonmedical prescription drug abuse -- will guide clinicians during interviews with patients and recommend the level of intervention based on a substance-abuse involvement score.

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