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USA | Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration | August 17, 2012

  1. Streamline the registration process. Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs [PDMP] registration should improve with automatic or mandatory registration.
  2. Expand the pool of authorized healthcare professionals permitted to access PDMP data. Authorized users should have the ability to delegate their access to other healthcare professionals under their supervision.
  3. Create a common application programming interface (API) for PDMP system-level access. PDMPs need technology to allow other systems to query and retrieve data to supplement the standalone web portals that exist today for user-level access.
  4. Integrate access to the PDMP data into the clinical workflow PDMP information should be integrated in EHR and pharmacy systems to varying degrees of sophistication depending on resources and expertise available.
  5. Define a standard set of data that should be available in PDMP reports. Every report should contain a standard set of PDMP information.
  6. Adopt the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) specification. This specification should be formally established as the standard for PDMP data exchange.
  7. Implement an agreement framework and model agreements. Standard business agreements with third-party intermediaries should be widely used to facilitate PDMP data sharing

The final report of these recommendations is now available. These recommendations aim to facilitate information sharing to help health care professionals make better informed clinical prescribing decisions.

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