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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Integration

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) is integrating the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) system into electronic health records and pharmacy systems across the commonwealth. The goal is to minimize any workflow disruption by providing near-instant and seamless access to critical prescription history information to both prescribers and pharmacists.

DOH is covering the fees associated with using the integration service* for every health care entity in Pennsylvania that elects to connect its health IT system to the PDMP until August 2019.

Eligibility

All health care entities in Pennsylvania legally authorized to prescribe, administer or dispense controlled substances are eligible to apply for integration. This includes ambulatory care units, acute care facilities, emergency care units, physician practices, pharmacies, drug treatment facilities and others.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the online Integration Request Form. Only authorized decision makers should fill out the form. Once the form is submitted, an overview of the next steps will be sent via email. Health care entities will be prioritized based on date submitted, organizational size and readiness to integrate.

Meaningful Use

Meaningful Use (MU) provides incentive payments to eligible professionals (EP) and eligible hospitals (EH) that are able to demonstrate the "meaningful use" of electronic health records technology. The PA PDMP meets the definition of a specialized registry. EPs and EHs can meet the MU Stage 2 Specialized Registry objective by completing the following objective:

Successful ongoing submission of patient identifiers to the PDMP system and receipt of corresponding PDMP data using Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).

EPs and EHs can register their intent to complete this objective by filling out the online Integration Request Form. EPs and EHs will receive an electronic acknowledgement from the PA PDMP Office once integration is completed.

There are no certification and standards criteria specified by the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology Certification Criteria corresponding to this particular objective. For more information, please see the CMS FAQ on data submission to PDMPs for MU Stage 2.

Please see the Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting Declaration of Readiness document for more information.

More Information

For information on the integration project, please see the PDMP Integration Guide.


* The integration service does not include end-user analytic tools that assist with interpreting and visualizing PDMP data, and DOH neither prohibits nor endorses the use of such tools.