Reprinted from the Charlottesville Daily Progress
For Gov. Ralph Northam, MD, it’s beyond time to end the state’s “foremost public health crisis.” Northam, a pediatric neurologist, gave a Grand Rounds lecture on opioid addiction at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in September. He brought with him Ryan Hall, a former heroin addict who has devoted himself to helping others overcome addiction. Before a packed auditorium of medical school students and faculty, Hall told his story.
Northam gave a Grand Rounds lecture to Eastern Virginia Medical School, Virginia Commonwealth University and Liberty University in August.
On July 31, Governor Ralph Northam announced the launch of Virginia’s Emergency Department Care Coordination (EDCC) Program. This single, statewide technology solution connects all emergency departments in the Commonwealth, facilitating near real-time communication and collaboration among healthcare providers, health plans, clinical and care management personnel for patients receiving emergency medical services. The program also integrates the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program and the Advance Healthcare Directive Registry. Virginia is the first state in the nation to connect all of its emergency department systems in this way.