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How HCA Healthcare is using clinical analytics for opioid stewardship

January 14, 2019 / Mike Miliard

HCA Healthcare's Physician Services Group offers oversight for some 5,700 physicians and advanced practice providers, and embraces an approach to communication and collaboration that's "deeply collaborative," said Barbara Coughlin, RN, vice president of quality at HCA. One specific area where the health system has been making big headway in that regard has been an all-hands-on-deck response to the opioid crisis. "The opioid abuse epidemic has ravaged communities across our nation, claiming the lives of more than 115 Americans every day," said Coughlin. "Across the PSG organization, we recognize that there is a real opportunity to make a meaningful difference, and doing that requires data, partnership, and a commitment to making these efforts a priority," she explained. "We have been very intentional with how to mitigate the effects of the epidemic our nation faces."