HealthPartners FHIR Compatible CDS for Opioid Pain Management Alternatives

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The HL7 case study describes how HealthPartners Institute used an FHIR-based app to provide safe pain treatment alternatives.


An application using the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) has been developed to provide decision support to dentists to help them provide individualized pain management.

The initiative, developed by HealthPartners Institute, helps dentists using an electronic health records system understand opioid prescribing options for dental procedures.

The CDS tool and its use of FHIR is the latest case study published this month by HL7. The organization, which is leading the development of the FHIR standard for use in healthcare, has released a series of case studies illustrating how the information exchange standard facilitates healthcare transactions and the exchange information.

HealthPartners Institute is part of HealthPartners, a consumer-driven nonprofit health care organization. The organization decided to develop the CDS to encourage dentists to opt for other means of treating patients’ pain after extractions.

The CDS tool aims to provide options for pain management, specifically suggesting the combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen, which is generally accepted as effective in pain management. The tool works with EHRs that use the FHIR standard to provide patients with individualized pain management; it provides evidence-based information and guidance in the form of prompts and reminders to inform ordering decisions when eligible procedures appear in the patient’s point-of-care record.

The tool “provides evidence-based information and guidance in the form of prompts and reminders to inform ordering decisions when eligible procedures appear in the patient’s point-of-care record,” said Dhavan P. Pasumarthi, Research and Website Supervisor. development for HealthPartners.

Download the HL7 case study PDF here.

See more HL7 FHIR case studies, standards and related resources.


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