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CONNECT Empowering Opioid Data Exchange


The CONNECT team recently demonstrated a newly developed capability to pull data from state Prescription Monitoring Programs (PMP) at HIMSS 2017 in Orlando at the Interoperability Showcase. 

As part of the ongoing work to address the opioid epidemic, the Department of Defense (DoD) asked Federal Health Architecture (FHA) to envision a solution to aggregate opioid information from multiple states. This approach will allow them to identify potential use of opioids by active duty soldiers. The aggregated information enables the DoD to quickly identify and respond to available information. The opioid data can be proactively leveraged by authorized federal agencies to provide earlier identification, develop more effective patient treatments, help address opioid doctor shopping, and improve research of opioid use in the U.S.

Innovative Exchange

CONNECT is a security gateway that implements nationwide healthcare exchange specifications and bridges the gap between federal agencies and multiple statewide prescription exchanges. CONNECT was expanded to enable RESTful transactions to query patient opioid data from an existing state-to-state prescription exchange, PMP InterConnect. CONNECT developed this capability as a plugin, allowing it to link to the prescription exchange without changing either system. This functionality provides a tool that could potentially address a DoD readiness issue and could be leveraged by other federal agencies providing a cost effective, open source solution that benefits the federal agencies and U.S. taxpayers.

Results and Next Steps

Federal agencies are now able to pull in prescription test data from a national prescription exchange, PMP InterConnect (https://nabp.pharmacy/initiatives/pmp-interconnect/), using federally trusted open-source software. FHA demonstrated a common workflow by querying for a patient’s opioid history and adding the found data to a clinical document (CDA). Agencies can now integrate this state prescription access into their existing workflows utilizing CONNECT.  The CONNECT team will be further demonstrating the usage and benefits of this new features to the agencies and community as part of our Product Managers call and through added information in the community Wiki.

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