|Fighting pill fraud with fingerprints in Ohio|
|Written by By Associated Press|
|Friday, 27 July 2012 06:32|
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (AP) — A southeastern Ohio health system is hoping a $1.5 million patient tracking system will help it cut down on prescription painkiller abuse.
Holzer Health Systems in Gallipolis is teaming with the state and CrossChx, a company that specializes in using physical information like fingerprints to identify people in the system.
Under the program announced Thursday, Holzer has begun the voluntary collection of fingerprints from patients seeking urgent and emergency room care.
Holzer board chairman Brent Saunders says the confidential information will help flag addicts who try doctor shopping to obtain painkiller prescriptions for non-medical use.
Holzer and CrossChx are providing $900,000 toward the cost with another $500,000 provided by the state.
Southern and southeastern Ohio has been hit hard by the state's prescription painkiller addiction epidemic.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
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