North Carolina has signed an agreement with Appriss Health’s PMP InterConnect, joining 44 other states currently poised to share patient prescribing history. This prescription monitoring program (PMP) data allows clinicians to view a patient’s history of controlled substance prescriptions across state borders and providers. North Carolina’s current Controlled Substances Reporting System (CSRS) will now provide multi-state information regarding opioid prescriptions as well as additional patient history.
Healthcare practitioners that are registered to use interoperable telehealth networks like PMP InterConnect could be a valuable resource in combating prescription drug abuse. Local officials and healthcare entities that monitor these databases can develop screening for targeted services to patients. HIMSS’ 2017 Call to Action highlights interoperability approaches, such as PMPs, to improve health outcomes.