Connection Between Alaska State PDMP and Collective Medical Goes Live for Hospitals Across the State

Medical, delivering the nation’s largest and most effective network
for care collaboration, today announced that hospitals across the State
of Alaska now have access to state prescription drug monitoring program
(PDMP) information at the point of care. This connection builds upon the
value of Alaska’s 2017 statewide rollout of the Collective network and
platform, led by a collaboration between the Alaska
State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA), the State of
Alaska, and the Alaska
Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (AK-ACEP).

Alaska’s healthcare system serves a population of 740,000 spread across
663,000 square miles. Collaborative efforts to curb the opioid epidemic
and better coordinate care across this rugged and massive geography have received
national attention in recent months. In addition to the creation and
adoption of evidence-based,
clinical prescribing guidelines by providers across the state,
ASHNHA and AK-ACEP pushed the statewide rollout and adoption of the
Collective network and platform in 2017 so that providers could identify
and collaborate on their highest needs patients in real-time.

Dr. Anne Zink, FACEP, emergency medicine director at Mat-Su
Regional Medical Center in Palmer, Alaska, describes the combination
of the Collective network, the insights provided by the PDMP and
statewide prescribing guidelines as “transformational.” She adds that,
“At Mat-Su, specifically, we’ve seen a 61 percent reduction in opioid
scripts written between 2015 and 2017 and a 47 percent reduction in
opioids given in the emergency department.”

The live connection between the Collective network and the state PDMP,
powered by Appriss Health’s PMP Gateway clinical workflow integration
solution, will add even more value to providers across all points of
care—not just those in emergent situations—by having the right
information in real-time to quickly identify a patient with a potential
opioid addiction.

But, as noted by Becky Hultberg, President and CEO at ASHNHA, “The goal
isn’t to simply avoid writing a prescription for opiates. With the
insights delivered through Collective by the PDMP, providers can change
the conversation with a patient who has a possible addiction problem.
Physicians can direct them toward help and coordinate with the patient’s
broader care team to put them on the path to health.”

The Collective network is live in states across the country including
Washington, California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Virginia, West Virginia,
Alaska, New Mexico and many others. The network and Collective’s
real-time, risk-adjusted event notification and care collaboration
platform serves all points of care, including emergency department,
inpatient, post-acute, mental and behavioral, and ambulatory settings,
as well as ACOs and health plans.

“Early feedback indicates the collaboration between ASHNHA, AK-ACEP and
the State of Alaska is making a huge impact not just on the opioid
epidemic, but on delivering better care to all patients,” says Chris
Klomp, CEO of Collective Medical. “We’re honored and proud to support
this effort; it’s an example of how we can make an incredible impact,
collectively, when working toward the common goal of catching patients
before they fall.”

Collective is endorsed as a best practice for emergency medicine by the
American College of Emergency Physicians and has been recognized by Inc.
Magazine and by the MountainWest Capital Network as one of Utah’s
fastest growing companies.

Learn more about Collective’s impact at


Collective Medical empowers care teams to improve patient outcomes by
closing the communication gaps that undermine patient care. With a
nationwide network engaged with every national health plan in the
country, hundreds of hospitals and health systems and tens of thousands
of providers, Collective’s system-agnostic platform is trusted by care
teams to identify at-risk and complex patients and facilitate actionable
collaboration to make better care decisions and improve outcomes. Based
in Salt Lake City, Collective is proven to streamline transitions of
care, improve coordination across diverse care teams, and reduce
medically unnecessary hospital admissions. Learn more at
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The Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association represents more
than 65 hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care organizations
who employ over 10,000 Alaskans. Our membership spans geographically
from PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center to Samuel Simmonds Memorial
Hospital in Utqia?vik. Our diverse association unites every small rural
hospital and large hospital system in the state around common goals. For
over 60 years, ASHNHA members have worked to improve health care in
Alaska. Learn more at
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