How PMP InterConnect was Developed

Recognizing the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s (NABP) history of assisting boards of pharmacy and other regulators in protecting the public health, several prescription monitoring program (PMP) directors approached NABP in the fall of 2010 for assistance with building an effective, easy–to–implement, highly enhanced solution for interstate data sharing that could be implemented in under a year.

The development of PMP InterConnect began in January 2011 and used a consensus-based process involving PMP directors from across the country. The directors made several specific requests for PMP InterConnect’s design and function:

  • Encrypt the requests and responses from PMP to PMP using highly secure, widely deployed encryption technologies, ensuring no protected health information or personally identifiable information is exposed to any entity other than the disclosing and requesting PMPs.
  • Design the PMP InterConnect solution as follows:
    • Use open standards
    • Cost-effective
    • Easy to implement
    • Low maintenance
  • Include a rules engine that would allow PMPs to maintain complete control and autonomy over PMP data exchanges with other states participating in PMP InterConnect.

PMP InterConnect, the first interstate data–sharing platform, was launched for nationwide use on July 27, 2011, and has effectively met, and in most cases, exceeded, each of the criteria and expectations set by the PMP directors.

How a State PMP can Connect to PMP InterConnect

Access is granted to PMP InterConnect through the specific state’s PMP. The state must be participating in PMP InterConnect in order for anyone to obtain multi–state data.

PMPs that use PMP InterConnect need to enter into only ONE memorandum of understanding (MOU) between NABP and the state PMP. PMPs do not have to enter into separate MOUs with other state PMPs in order to share data. A PMP may discontinue using PMP InterConnect with written notice to NABP. There are no fees or penalties associated with terminating the MOU.

How a Practitioner, Pharmacist, or PMP User can Connect to PMP InterConnect

PMP InterConnect is a way to link participating state PMPs. If a practitioner, pharmacist, or other PMP user wishes to obtain multi–state PMP data, he/she should contact their state PMP directly, as access is granted through the specific state’s PMP. The state must be participating in PMP InterConnect for an individual to obtain multi–state data.

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