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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

Electronic Referral Gets Pennsylvania Smokers Help Quitting!

Thursday, July 9, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
UPMC has launched a pilot program giving its physicians the ability to refer hospitalized patients who use tobacco to the Pennsylvania Free Quitline directly through UPMC’s electronic health record (EHR). It is the first electronic tobacco cessation referral program in the nation that has been integrated into EHRs that are certified for Stage 2 Meaningful Use.

The eReferral system is bi-directional, which allows the PA Free Quitline, operated by National Jewish Health, to receive eReferrals and to send progress reports on patients’ treatment outcomes back to referring physicians and primary care teams. Once a patient referral is received, a quitline counselor reaches out to the patient and attempts to enroll him or her in the quitline program. The quitline includes telephone coaching, nicotine replacement therapy, an integrated website, text messaging, email support, and a mobile app, and is founded in behavioral change, motivational interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy."

The UPMC eReferral system is the result of collaboration among the Pennsylvania Department of Health, National Jewish Health and UPMC.
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