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Resetting EHR default cuts number of opioids prescribed at 2 hospitals

Changing a default setting in emergency department EHRs led to a reduction in the number of opioids prescribed at two California hospitals and reduced the number of orders that exceeded CDC prescribing recommendations, researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. "What we've shown is that default settings matter and can be changed to improve opioid prescribing," said lead author Juan Carlos Montoy.

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