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Are you aware of the eClinicalWorks Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) solution? ECW has a solution that works with APPRISS Health to provide data at the point of care. You no longer need to go to a separate website to access this data.

What is a PDMP?

A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program guards against the misuse, diversion, and abuse of a broad range of prescription medications.

  • Statewide PDMPs are available in 49 of 50 states (Missouri is county by county).
  • Pharmacists fill in the registry with medications that are dispensed, and providers can check that registry before prescribing to their patients.
  • The names of the various state PDMPs vary – for example, OARRS in Ohio, E-FORCSE® in Florida.
  • PDMP integrations will be available seamlessly within the eClinicalWorks EHR, enabling physicians to conduct comprehensive drug checks across state lines with just a click of a button.

Why is it important?

Before prescribing prescription drugs to their patients, physicians in many states are required to check their state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) database as a safeguard against the diversion and abuse of prescription medications. The rules, including which medications are covered by such programs, vary from state to state, but most include a broad range of narcotics, tranquilizers, and stimulants.

Until now, however, there has been no easy way for prescribing physicians to check these records from other states, making for a time-consuming process that may have to be delegated to someone else. This leads to taking up staff’s time and taking away valuable time spent with patients.

How does it work?

Currently, for example, if a physician in the state of Ohio sees a patient from Indiana who is looking to switch medications, that physician is unable to locate information on that patient because each state’s PDMP is limited to data pertaining to patients who live in that state. Further, access to state PDMPs is limited to providers licensed to practice in those states – unless an effective integration program is in place. Now, with eClinicalWorks (and Appriss Health, the service that eCW has partnered with) practices can integrate with a nationwide PDMP network and check a given patient’s records in other states, helping detect prescriptions and histories that can improve patient safety.

To further enhance access of PDMP data in real time, eClinicalWorks is introducing the Opioid Risk Tool, a smart form to assess and address a patient’s risk for opioid misuse and to improve physician adherence to treatment protocols. The tool will allow for earlier identification and intervention, promoting improved clinical outcomes and better and safer medicine across the nation.

Click here to see a demo.

Does it work in your state?

To find out if this integrated service is available in your state, go here: https://info.apprisshealth.com/ehrrequest. If your state is not marked in green, there is form that allows you to submit a request to Appriss Health requesting that your state be added.

How do you get started?

To get started, contact support@curas.net today. Our support team will be happy to provide more information and to help you activate the service.