Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,648,500)
The goals of the Wisconsin Enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (WI ePDMP) project for which the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) is seeking funding are to:
Sustainably increase adoption of direct ePDMP system integrations among underserviced users; and,
Improve pathways to access the ePDMP system for underserviced users who remain unable to benefit from an ePDMP system integration.
To achieve these goals, DSPS has designed the project to eliminate the technological and cost barriers to ePDMP system integration identified by underservices users who treat tribal, rural, and other disadvantaged patients have identified the technology requirements and the ongoing costs of ePDMP system integration as prohibiting them from integrating with the ePDMP system.
At a high-level, DSPS intends to develop and deploy new ePDMP system integration connection options based on user feedback to eliminate the technical barriers to an ePDMP system integration. To eliminate the cost barriers, DSPS will provide no-cost ePDMP system integration services for underserviced users and qualifying health systems by subsidizing their costs to support the ePDMP system integration infrastructure.
The above goals have associated objectives, deliverables, and measures that DSPS will use to direct its decision-making throughout the project and to determine its success at the end of the grant period. The measures include the percentage of monthly patient history searches performed by integrated users, the number of integrated health systems, and the satisfaction of users utilizing alternative means to access the ePDMP system. Using these measures, DSPS anticipates satisfying the following three objectives by the end of the grant period:
An increase in the percentage of monthly patient history searches performed by integrated users
An increase in the number of ePDMP system integrations with clinics at which underserviced users treat tribal, rural, and other disadvantaged patient populations.
Improved user satisfaction survey results from users utilizing alternative access methods such as mobile and tablet technology.
Finally, DSPS has developed a project plan to maximize the funding provided by this grant program to create long-lasting improvements to the WI ePDMP while at the same time minimizing the system-wide disruption to users that can be caused by projects of this magnitude.