A company that provided electronic patient records made a secret deal with the opioid prescribers to recommend opioid prescriptions to doctors.
Your medical record is just between you and your doctor, right? Not necessarily. According to an investigation by Bloomberg News, your doctor is allowed to share information with pharmaceutical companies and others involved with your treatment. For a software maker called Practice Fusion, this was a goldmine to be exploited and push unneeded treatments on patients with pain.
Millions of Prescriptions Possibly Created
The software was used by tens of thousands of doctors’offices and was designed specifically by the request of an opioid manufacturer. Doctors used the software to get treatment plan recommendations and an alert would pop up every time a person’s medical file met certain pain criteria. The software could then prescribe a “treatment plan” including …