Over a decade ago, interstate data sharing between state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) was uncommon, which led to compromised prescribing and dispensing decisions. Fortunately, PMP InterConnect changed everything, and it continues today, 10 years later.
The historical disconnect between state PDMPs was a mounting problem. Too many individuals moved or traveled across state lines, accumulating controlled substance histories in multiple state PDMPs. And without state-to-state PDMP connectivity, it was often impossible for physicians and pharmacists to access full patient histories. This translated to prescriptions and dispensations based on partial patient histories, presenting an unnecessary risk for all parties.
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) was determined to solve this problem and began to allocate as much funding and talent as possible to develop a solution. The eventual solution, PMP InterConnect, was launched in 2011. The technology, which is accessible at no cost to states, allows participating state PDMPs to share patient controlled substance data across state lines—enabling physicians and pharmacists to more effectively combat drug diversion and drug abuse nationwide for improved patient care.
While establishing PMP InterConnect was a game changer with quick adoption rates and a measurable impact on substance use, the NABP did not rest on its laurels. Instead, they worked with Appriss Health and administrators from various states to manage PMP InterConnect and develop a new PDMP solution to further enhance the experience for prescribers, pharmacists, and patients. That solution is PMP Gateway, which launched in 2014 and currently supports 43 of 54 U.S. PDMPs.
PMP Gateway integrates real-time PDMP data directly into the clinical workflows of 500+ electronic health records, pharmacy management systems, and health information exchanges, reducing the time it takes authorized healthcare providers to access a patient’s prescription history from up to four minutes to just a few seconds. This creates new efficiencies for physicians and pharmacists and allows them to offer more face-to-face interaction during patient encounters.
The Rise of PMP InterConnect and PMP Gateway
PMP InterConnect and PMP Gateway have seen explosive growth and have become the preferred solution of most state PDMPs and healthcare professionals.
• PMP InterConnect – supports 52 out of 54 U.S. PDMPs
• PMP InterConnect – processes 400+ million prescription drug transactions per month
• PMP Gateway – supports 43 out of 54 U.S. PDMPs
• Delivers PDMP information to 1 out of 3 U.S. prescribers
• Integrates up to 40,000+ healthcare facilities per year
• Adds 110 new facility integrations every day
• 7,180% increase in volume utilization over five years
• 17,485% increase in integration over five years
Today, after doubling the numbers of users from October 2019 to March 2021 the solutions are on the brink of eclipsing 1,000,000 total users—a number comprised of roughly 900,000 physicians and 100,000 pharmacists.
PMP InterConnect, which enables interstate data sharing, serves 52 out of 54 U.S. PDMPs.
PMP Gateway, which integrates PDMP data into clinical workflows, serves 43 of 54 U.S. PDMPs.
Celebrating 10 Years with a New and Improved PMP InterConnect
While we continuously improve the functionality of our solutions based on customer feedback and internal testing, we are happy to announce a full revamp of the PMP InterConnect web portal. This revamp is designed to improve overall user experience (UX) by modernizing the user interface (UI) and providing a central location for analytics. The first phase of InterConnect’s redesign launched in April 2021:
• New UX and UI
• Homepage information with metrics
• PMP InterConnect data analytics dashboard
• Ability to export licensees
• Ability to request more licensee information
• Ability to create and save notes
• Access to participant worksheets
• Role authorizations to see state configurations
The Future of Interstate Data Sharing and Clinical Workflow Integration
We are at a critical point in time when both mental health issues and substance use disorders are on the rise. This has compelled organizations like the NABP and Appriss Health to make a difference and do whatever is possible to curtail these alarming trends. Continuously enhancing and spreading the adoption of PMP InterConnect and PMP Gateway has proven to be an effective means to this end.
Here at Appriss Health, we see even more opportunity to share, as legally permissible, and utilize controlled substance data to improve public health. We are currently focused on behavioral health care coordination which involves organizing patient care activities and sharing information among all healthcare representatives concerned with a patient’s care to achieve safer and more effective care. And we have no doubt that interstate data sharing and clinical workflow access will continue to be a significant focus for another 10 years.