Data sharing is power in the fight against opioid abuse.

View the maps below to watch the growth of a robust national network of PDMPs, healthcare providers and pharmacies exchanging data via PMP InterConnect and PMP Gateway to combat drug diversion and drug abuse.

The Growth of PMP InterConnect Data Sharing and PMP Gateway Facilities 2011 – March 2020

More than 90% of PDMPs use PMP InterConnect to Exchange Data

An effort to create a prescription drug interstate data sharing infrastructure began in 2004. Due to the slow progress of that project and the urgent need for PDMPs to share data, in late 2010 an enterprising group of state PDMP administrators and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) took action to develop their own tool. They designed and developed the specifications and engaged Appriss Health to execute their vision, which would become PMP InterConnect, the only national network of PDMPs.

The collaboration completed the initial phase of the project in nine months and launched the system in August 2011 with data exchanges between Indiana, Ohio and Virginia. Since that time, NABP, the PDMP administrators and Appriss Health have worked together to add and improve functionality, usage and adoption. Today more than 90% of the nation’s PDMPs use PMP InterConnect to exchange data for hundreds of millions of patient encounters each year.


PMP Gateway Integrates PDMP Data into Providers’ Workflow

Healthcare providers and pharmacists wanted to be able to access patient data in an easier, more efficient way vs. having to exit their workflow and log into a separate system. So NABP and the state PDMP administrators acted again in 2014 to develop a tool that would do just that. Working with Appriss Health they delivered PMP Gateway, a managed service that integrates PDMP data, analytics, insights and resources with electronic health records, pharmacy management systems, and health information exchanges.

Prior to the introduction of PMP Gateway, prescribers and pharmacists had to exit their workflow and log into separate systems to query patient information which took important time away from patient care. PMP Gateway provides a comprehensive view of patient data within the clinician/pharmacist’s own workflow, enhancing decision making and care and saving, on average, two to five minutes per patient. Today, PMP Gateway provides more than 743,000 prescribers and pharmacists a single point of access to 44 PDMPs, facilitating more than 75 million patient encounters each month.

PDMP Data Sharing via PMP InterConnect

Interstate Data Sharing Facts
  • PDMPs exist in every state except Missouri, where over 90% of the state’s population is covered by city and county solutions.
  • PDMP interstate data sharing is now actively happening between 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, St. Louis County and the Military Health System on InterConnect. California, Nebraska, and Guam are pending.
  • Over 359 million transactions per month are happening now.
  • PDMPs are now securely and efficiently sharing data across state lines. Interstate data requests over InterConnect are usually returned in under two seconds. Security complies with all federal health IT security standards and has been validated in multiple third-party audits.
  • PMP InterConnect is provided at NO cost to the PDMPs by NABP.
  • PMP InterConnect is capable of sharing data among all PDMP programs today. Technology is not a barrier.
Interstate Data Sharing Security Highlights
  • All PDMPs communicating with PMP InterConnect are authenticated with their assigned system–level credentials.
  • All communications to and from PMP InterConnect are conducted over SSL, guaranteeing end-to-end message confidentiality.
  • PMP InterConnect encrypts all protected health information that traverses the system.
  • Utilizes Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256 bit and Rivest, Shamir, Adleman (RSA).
  • PMP InterConnect can never decrypt the PHI that passes through it; therefore, it is not possible for PMP InterConnect to store protected health information.
  • Activity logging is captured to monitor authentication attempts and for auditing purposes.
  • Security complies with all federal health IT security standards and has been validated in multiple third-party audits.
  • Annual vulnerability and penetration security audits are performed by an external vendor.
  • Annual HIPAA security assessments are performed by an external vendor.

PDMP Data Integration via PMP Gateway

Clinical Workflow Integration Facts
  • PDMP data and analytics are now integrated into physician and pharmacist workflows through electronic health records, hospital systems, health information exchanges, and pharmacy management systems in 37 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico with PMP Gateway.
  • Over 75 million transactions are now completed each month, as of March 2020.
  • PDMP data provides clinical decision support, patient support, patient engagement, and care coordination within workflow.
  • PDMP data is available for every patient encounter with one click.
  • The process is secure and efficient for practitioners and pharmacists.
  • Native integrations are complete with over 130 electronic health records and every major pharmacy system vendor, making implementation quick for interested health systems and pharmacies.
Clinical Workflow Integration Security Highlights
  • All health systems communicating with PMP Gateway are authenticated with their assigned system–level credentials.
  • All communications to and from PMP Gateway are conducted over SSL.
  • Two–way SSL is also offered for facilities located in certain states.
  • PMP Gateway enforces data sharing and access requirements.
  • PMP Gateway encrypts all data that is stored using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256.
  • Annual vulnerability and penetration security audits are performed by an external vendor.
  • Annual HIPAA security assessments are performed by an external vendor.