VITAS makes palliative care opioid conversion app available to all providers

VITAS Healthcare, a subsidiary of Chemed Corp. (NYSE: CHEM), released a comprehensive opioid conversion tool for hospice providers, which the company says is the first of its kind. The tool is accessible free of charge to all healthcare prescribers via the VITAS mobile app.

VITAS released the feature in conjunction with National Hospice Palliative and Hospice Care Month. The converter analyzes patients’ personalized health information and clinical needs to recommend optimal opioid options, delivery methods and dose titration. The tool incorporates comments from prescribers regarding symptoms, co-morbidities and health status.

“Pain management for palliative care patients can be a complex practice that differs greatly from treating other populations,” said Joseph Shega, MD, executive vice president and medical director of VITAS. “We are considering a variety of non-pharmacological and pharmacological options to help relieve pain with minimal side effects and provide patients with the comfort and quality of life they deserve. ”

Pain management is the cornerstone of palliative and palliative care. A 2014 to study found that patients and families regard pain and symptom management as their top priority when it comes to the quality of palliative care.

Gaps in pain management can affect the quality and patient and family satisfaction scores of a hospice, which potential referral partners and patients increasingly use when choosing a hospice.

About 25% of healthcare providers responded to a 2019 Pain News network investigation reported that at least one of their patients had committed suicide because of the pain in the past three years.

The VITAS tool is based on clinical evidence and scientific literature on mitigating opioid risks such as inconsistent practices and protocols between providers, according to the company.

The functionality is integrated into the VITAS mobile app, which received a 2019 Mobile User Experience Award. The app is designed to help clinicians determine patient eligibility for palliative care and streamline referral processes.

“We have made our Opioid Conversion Tool available free of charge to all healthcare professionals as we are committed to sharing best practices and raising the standard of care for all patients as they approach the end of their lives. ”Shega said. “The tool is intuitive, efficient, secure and continuously updated to provide the latest information on guidelines and changes in drug status. “

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