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​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.

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.

Cost

DOH currently utilizes the Appriss PMP Gateway for integration services, which is a proprietary solution with an annual subscription fee based on the number of users. However, DOH is purchasing a 1-year subscription to PMP Gateway for health care entities that successfully integrate before August 31, 2019. The 1-year subscription begins the day PMP Gateway is integrated and available to all individuals authorized to use the PDMP who are employed at the health care entity. If the integration is not successfully complete before August 31, 2019, then DOH cannot purchase the 1-year subscription. Availability of funds is subject to change at any time and there is no guarantee that funding will be available to purchase a subscription for a given health care entity.

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 (PDF) 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.