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Integrating E-Tobacco Protocol within an Electronic Medical Record

The Target

Healthcare providers (including, but not limited to, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, health educators, dental professionals, etc.) can access all of the tobacco cessation resources for their patients through one simple protocol meant to be integrated into an Electronic Medical Record. Consequently, during each visit, the patient is assessed to determine their current tobacco use and assisted in quitting tobacco if they are willing to quit.

The Purpose

Healthcare systems are charged with meeting standards of care or quality metrics. The protocol is designed to complement an existing EMR system or to be integrated into one that is being designed. The purpose of the protocol is to assist the clinician/physician with a sustainable delivery method for tobacco cessation assistance, which could be prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and/or tobacco counseling assistance. 

The Integration

The eTobacco Protocol is designed to be integrated into the existing Electronic Medical Record system to enhance the clinical workflow. The EMR integration allows the tobacco cessation referral to fit naturally into the workflow by adding a question about willingness to accept support services after the required tobacco use questions.   Many members of the staff can have access to make the referral.  Contact the the Tobacco Research and Evaluation Team to explore adding the eTobacco Protocol into your healthcare system's EMR.