Data sharing among state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) is happening in a big way, thanks to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s PMP InterConnect program. Currently, 45 states have agreed to share data through InterConnect. And the service is being used, with close to 18 million requests a month from prescribers and pharmacists, and 39 million responses. Danna Droz, J.D., R.Ph., prescription monitoring program liaison for NABP, was on hand at our June conference to give us an update on InterConnect. You can view her slides here.

The point was driven home that InterConnect is the answer to the White House call for national interoperability of prescription drug monitoring programs.

PMP InterConnect is a highly secure network. As you are aware ASAP is the author of the standard every state requires for reporting controlled substances dispensed. ASAP has endorsed InterConnect, as has the American Medical Association.

The states have been hard at work in making access to their data easier and faster through redesigned websites and also through support of what is referred to as “one click” access through the workflow in a pharmacy or an EHR system. 

To date 380 facilities in 33 states have enabled point-of-care, one-click access. And several additional states have committed to providing one-click access. Here ASAP also plays a role with its Web Service standard, which has been incorporated into the pharmacy systems from several pharmacy system vendors. This standard allows the request of information on a person of interest from more than one state through InterConnect and can support what’s called a “pick list,” where states support this type of response. It can also handle a patient’s risk scores in a response.

Now Nebraska is using the ASAP standard for pharmacies to report all prescriptions dispensed, not just controlled substances, as a feed to its health information initiative. This expanded use of the ASAP standard demonstrates the important role it is playing not only in addressing the opioid crisis, but also in populating a health information exchange with prescription data for data sharing. Kevin Borcher, Pharm.D. and PDMP program director for the Nebraska Health Information Initiative, was also at the June conference to fill us in on the details. You can view his slides here.

Bottom line: There is a solution to national interoperability that is in place now and is working well. With more and more states requiring registration of prescribers and dispensers with their PDMP and with more and more states requiring the prescriber and dispenser to first check the PDMP under certain conditions, this is going a long way in addressing the opioid crisis. Data sharing improves the process.