Narcotics seekers beware: ERs are getting a new tool to curb abuses

From the Portland Business Journal:

Fifty Oregon hospitals have committed to participating in a new information exchange that will give emergency room doctors a new tool to assess patients’ needs and prevent them from “shopping” around for narcotics prescriptions.

The Emergency Department Information Exchange links participating hospitals through an online system giving doctors access to a patient’s real-time clinical and utilization data. Such information isn’t currently shared and can lead to overprescribing.

Alleged ER confession leads to murder arrest

From the Register-Guard:

Police arrested a 32-year man this morning after he allegedly confessed to killing his girlfriend.

Emergency room personnel at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center called Springfield police shortly around 2 a.m. after an injured man they were treating, identified as Robert A. Cromwell, allegedly told them he had killed his girlfriend, according to a press release.