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CONNECT Empowering Opioid Exchange Wins a FedHealth Innovation Award

Federal Health Architecture (FHA) is honored to be recognized by the FedHealth IT Innovation Awards alongside government and industry leaders from across the federal health technology and consulting sector. We are deeply honored to share the honor of nomination and selection with other projects from Veterans Affairs, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, Defense Health Agency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, National Institute of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and the Administration for Children and Families.

The CONNECT Empowering Opioid Exchange project was imagined as part of the ongoing work to address the opioid epidemic.  The Department of Defense (DoD) asked FHA to envision a solution to aggregate opioid information from multiple states.  The FHA team worked together on an approach leveraging the CONNECT solution that will allow DoD to identify use of opioids by active duty soldiers. The aggregated information enables quick identification and response. 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.

This project builds upon CONNECT, FHA’s 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 prescription drug data from an existing state-to-state prescription exchange, PMP InterConnect (https://nabp.pharmacy/initiatives/pmp-interconnect/). PMP InterConnect facilitates the transfer of prescription monitoring program (PMP) data across state lines. This functionality enables DOD to address a vital readiness issue and can be leveraged by other federal agencies providing a cost effective, open source solution that benefits the federal agencies and U.S. taxpayers.

With the CONNECT Empowering Opioid Exchange project, federal agencies will now be able to pull in prescription test data from 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.

FHA is honored to participate in the Federal HealthIT Awards Program, exchanging ideas and solutions as we work towards improving health information exchange. We would like to thank our team and leadership for their commitment to keeping our citizens and military safe by pursuing a more effective and efficient methodology of tracking prescription drug use.