Integrating & Expanding Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Data: Lessons from Nine States   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Document: "A promising strategy for addressing the prescription opioid overdose epidemic is improving the use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs). PDMPs are state-run databases that collect patient-specific prescription information at the point of dispensing. Data are transmitted to a central repository where, in most states, authorized users such as medical professionals, public health agencies, regulatory bodies, and law enforcement agencies may access them. Many states have promoted use of PDMPs by registered prescribers and dispensers to inform their clinical decisions and allow for intervention at the point of care. However, PDMP data that have not been well integrated into health information technology (HIT) systems at the point of care for efficient workflow, coupled with limited data sharing across states, have slowed adoption of PDMP use among health care professionals who prescribe and dispense prescription opioids. To increase use of PDMPs and to effectively reduce prescription opioid misuse and overdose, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded projects in nine states from fiscal years 2012 to 2016 through its PDMP Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Integration and Interoperability Expansion (PEHRIIE) program. The project states were: Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Ohio, Texas, Washington State, and West Virginia."

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