Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $2,000,000)
The Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) enhances the capacity of regulatory and law enforcement agencies and public health officials to collect and analyze controlled substance prescription data and other scheduled chemical products through a centralized database administered by an authorized agency.
PDMPs help state and local governments to detect and prevent the diversion and abuse of pharmaceutically controlled substances such as opioids and other prescription drugs. The Harold Rogers PDMP strengthens states and territories ability to plan, implement, or enhance PDMPs by accommodating local decision-making based on state laws and preferences, while encouraging the replication of promising practices. In addition to supporting the implementation and enhancement of PDMPs, the program can support the Administrations priority of tracking prescribing across providers and states through the integration of PDMPs and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) which are essential to promoting safe and responsible prescribing, while also assuring appropriate pain care.
The applicant will develop an interactive map that will create dynamic visualization of de-identified data for surveillance and trending analysis. The PMP will create a public-facing dashboard and allow general access to timely de-identified data, and it will work to improve the registration process by automating the exchange of information. In addition, the applicant will implement new EHR connections that ensure PMP data is available to prescribers at any point during the patient care process and require identifiers to track their activity. The applicant will continue to increase the reach of interstate data sharing through the Rx Check hub integration, expand education and training efforts to include designees, validate the algorithm used to identify high risk prescribing activity, and improve collaboration with probation officers and drug courts, helping them verify compliance with treatment orders.