School of medicine

School Notes: School of Medicine
November/December 2017

Robert J. Alpern |

CMO named chair of pediatrics

Clifford W. Bogue has been appointed chair of the Department of Pediatrics. Bogue is professor of critical care pediatrics and has served as chief medical officer at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital since 2014. He joined the medical school faculty in 1993
and has held numerous diverse roles, including medical director of the pediatric intensive
care unit, chief of pediatric critical care medicine and associate chair for strategic planning, and director of pediatric critical care transport.

For more than two decades, Bogue has directed a research program funded by the National Institutes of Health on the developmental biology of the lung, liver, and cardiovascular system. His laboratory has made important contributions to the genetic pathways involved in embryonic organ development.     

Hospital and medical school combine forces against opioid crisis

Yale New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine have launched a partnership with the State of Connecticut and Appriss Health in an innovative effort to combat the opioid overdose crisis.

The collaboration integrates Yale’s patient electronic health record system (EHR) with the Connecticut Prescription Monitoring and Reporting System, a tool designed to help providers reduce prescription misuse, addiction, and overdoses. It enables Yale physicians and other prescribers to readily obtain critical information regarding opioid prescriptions and other medications so they can safely manage treatment and comply with state regulations. Although Connecticut has had a valuable database of opioid and other controlled prescription information, the stand-alone system is considered cumbersome and has created barriers to clinicians’ use.

The new integrated system allows physicians logged into Yale’s Epic EHR to quickly identify patients at high risk for adverse events and overdose. With one click, physicians can access Appriss’s NarxCare system, which provides a detailed report of a patient’s opioid and other controlled substances prescriptions history.

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