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INSPECT helps you manage patients with controlled substance prescriptions
e-Reports, Jan. 7, 2013
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If you write prescriptions for controlled substances, the Indiana Scheduled Prescription Electronic Collection and Tracking (INSPECT) program can be a useful tool for you. However, only 5,441 physicians in Indiana are registered to use INSPECT and that’s not enough noted Marty Allain, J.D., INSPECT director.

“Physicians may find registering for the program a little difficult and time consuming,” he explained.

“But INSPECT provides useful data for physicians.”

The web-based system collects and retains data on every controlled substance dispensed in Indiana. Registered users include law enforcement, pharmacies and prescribers. Once registered, a physician can logon to the INSPECT system and request prescription history reports for a patient.

INSPECT provides tools in the fight to combat prescription drug abuse. Through email, INSPECT alerts you if one of your patients receives controlled substance prescriptions from more than 10 prescribers in a 60-day span.

The notifications do not contain any patient health information, but instead provide a link to the patient’s report, which can only be accessed by a registered INSPECT user. The unsolicited reports provide information to help you decide if you want to continue treating patients named in the alerts.

The checkboxes allow you to select a practitioner and send an email notice to the selected practitioner(s) with one click of the “Send Notification” button. The email is an invitation to the practitioner to review your patient’s report.

INSPECT data is not limited to Indiana but is now shared with:

  • Kansas
  • Arizona
  • Connecticut
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Michigan
  • Virginia

Kentucky and Illinois are expected to be added soon.

Also, Indiana is the first state in the country to integrate INSPECT data with the Indiana Network for Patient Care (INPC) that links Indiana's five major hospital systems. Physicians accessing patient medical records within the INPC will now have direct access to INSPECT data without the added burden of logging on to the INSPECT website.

“This helps physicians because they don’t have to pull the information from a separate website. The data is integrated into the hospital’s health care system and directly into the physician’s workflow,” said Allain.

Learn more about INSPECT and register on the in.gov website.

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