August meetup will be exciting. Tampa General Hospital's Richard Rainey will be our speaker.
Drug Diversion Analytics: From Reactive to Proactive Approach
Prescription drug diversion is defined as the unlawful channeling of regulated pharmaceuticals from legal sources to the illicit marketplace. This includes transferring drugs to people they were not prescribed for. Prescription drug diversion has significant health, legal and social implications. Deaths from misuse of prescription drugs account for a significant proportion of overdose deaths. The drugs most commonly involved are analgesics, particularly opioids, and psychoactive drugs, particularly benzodiazepines. Prescription drug diversion can also occur in a hospital setting by healthcare providers like nurses, advanced practice providers, and physicians. Drug losses and theft from the healthcare system are accelerating; hospitals are pressured to implement safeguards to prevent drug diversion. Thus far, no reviews summarize all known risks and potential safeguards for hospital diversion. Past incidents of hospital drug diversion have impacted patient and staff safety, increased hospital costs, and resulted in infectious disease outbreaks.
At Tampa General Hospital, the typical amount of time to identify an individual who could potentially be diverting could take up to three months. That process was completely manual pulling multiple reports one system, then comparing it with data in multiple patient medical records. TGH built their own auditing reports to help identify potential signs of diversion which has cut down the research time in half to about six weeks. By combining multiple data sets into one central repository, comparing data became less labor intensive and is able to highlight records/practices susceptible to diversion. With the increased surveillance, TGH is able to save thousands of dollars by ensuring controlled substances are accurately documented and accounted for.