ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – (February 11, 2019) St. Louis County has begun sharing vital Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) information with multiple states through a program called PMP InterConnect.
The data-sharing program allows healthcare providers to query St. Louis County’s PDMP, as well as the monitoring programs of other states. Results are collated onto a single patient report.
“The St. Louis County PDMP is expanding in participation and becoming even more effective for healthcare providers,” St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said. “Interstate data sharing is a key feature of the PDMP and helps healthcare providers make clinical care decisions.”
St. Louis County is now sharing its PDMP data with Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma. Additional states that Missouri borders including Kentucky and Nebraska are expected to join PMP later this year.
St. Louis County launched its PDMP in 2017 in order to provide critical information regarding a patient’s controlled substance prescription history and to identify those at high-risk of abuse or addiction. The program is now in operation in 72 jurisdictions across Missouri, covering roughly 84 percent of the state’s population and 94 percent of its medical providers.
PMP InterConnect is especially beneficial for providers located near state borders or for monitoring a patient population that travels regularly, including college students, retirees and flight attendants, among other groups. Without interstate data sharing, healthcare providers would have to query each state PDMP individually and combine information from multiple reports.
Healthcare providers have quickly begun using the new interstate data-sharing feature. About 20% of patient requests performed by healthcare providers now utilize PMP InterConnect.
For more information on the St. Louis County PDMP, visit www.stlouisco.com/PDMP.
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