Combating the Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic is a crisis in our country that continues to devastate families and communities. It is an epidemic that knows no boundaries and as family members and healthcare professionals we share a desire to come together to combat this crisis. To do our part, First Health and its advisors contribute to the CHIME Opioid Task Force and volunteer our time to this important cause.

First Health in Support of the CHIME Opioid Task Force

Everyone has been touched by the opioid epidemic. It may be through a loved one, a neighbor, a friend, a co-worker … the tentacles of addiction have reached people from all walks of life.

The CHIME family is no different; as the rate of opioid deaths soared in recent years, we were seeing first-hand the devastating toll this disease was taking on our families, our communities, our nation and the world.

CHIME formed the Opioid Task Force in early 2018 to harness the knowledge and expertise of CHIME members and our CHIME Foundation partners to turn the tide on opioid addiction and deaths. Within months they were sharing best practices through free and open webinars. First Health supports their amazing task force members that has produced a playbook for other IT leaders to use to develop opioid initiatives in their healthcare organizations. They raised their voices in Washington, working with CHIME’s policy team and Policy Steering Committee to help shape opioid-related laws and regulations that better protect patients.

The CHIME OTF are dedicated leaders striving to battle this epidemic.  Yes, people are alive today because of the CHIME Opioid Task Force, but the war isn’t over. This incredible group of volunteers fights on every day to reduce the number opioids prescribed by providers, to find ways to help those who struggle with opioid addiction, to break opioid’s grip – one tentacle at a time. Please join First Health in continuing to bring awareness to this cause that impacts every one of us, every day.

To learn more visit Opioid Task Force Initiatives in Washington – Healthcare IT – CHIME (chimecentral.org)