September 9, 2021

The Challenge of Ensuring Compliance at Scale as Resources Shrink, Violations Rise

As they continue devoting their limited resources to battling the Covid-19 pandemic, healthcare organizations may not be able to monitor compliance violations — including drug misuse or diversion and inappropriate access to patient records — as closely as they normally would. 

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July 16, 2021

Diversion Professional Services: The Extra Hand Your Team May Need

While advanced analytics play an important role in standing up a strong and sustainable clinical drug diversion monitoring program, the technology must be combined with the right people and processes. For teams that don't know exactly where to start — or simply don't have internal resources to spare — Protenus Professional Services for Drug Diversion Surveillance can provide tremendous value. 

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June 8, 2021

Stretched to Their Limit, Doctors and Nurses Account for 67% of Drug Diversion in 2020

Healthcare workers endured truly extenuating circumstances this past year, from personal protective equipment shortages to makeshift morgues, and the toll on their wellbeing is gradually becoming clear. In November 2020, a Yale School of Public Health survey of workers at 25 U.S. medical centers found that nearly a quarter of the 1,132 respondents had probable post-traumatic stress disorder.

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April 6, 2021

Helping Hospitals Stay Several Steps Ahead of Drug Diverters Around The Clock

Studies predating the COVID-19 pandemic estimated that as many as 15 percent of healthcare professionals will misuse substances during their lifetime. Now exceedingly overworked and under-resourced due to the crisis, clinicians with easy access to powerful medications are especially vulnerable to addiction and the temptation to divert drugs. In other words, the number of healthcare professionals who misuse substances may now be much higher.

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November 17, 2020

Part One: An Introduction

According to the latest research from the American Hospital Association, hospitals spent an estimated $39 billion a year to maintain compliance while facing complex challenges and the mounting costs of keeping up with an ever-changing body of federal and state rules and regulations. The same organization highlighted that hospitals are overburdened by regulatory requirements and found thatan average-sized hospital dedicates about 59 FTEs to regulatory compliance, and now due to COVID-19, these dedicated resources have often been furloughed or reallocated. 

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