WisBusiness: Dept. of Safety and Professional Services: Wisconsin Enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program awarded $1.6 million to combat opioid abuse, expand access

WisBusiness: Dept. of Safety and Professional Services: Wisconsin Enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program awarded $1.6 million to combat opioid abuse, expand access

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Secretary Dawn Crim announced today that the Wisconsin Enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program will receive $1,648,500 from a competitive U.S. Department of Justice grant program. The award is part of DOJ’s Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which is administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

The Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board and DSPS introduced the award-winning ePDMP in partnership with NIC Wisconsin, a subsidiary of Tyler Technologies, in 2017. This replaced a previous version of the platform that launched in 2013. The ePDMP was designed to be a clinical tool to help inform healthcare providers, including physicians, dentists, advanced practice nurses and others, when they are making decisions about prescribing opioids, benzodiazepines, and other potentially addictive drugs.

This year’s Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program grant will fund enhancements designed to expand adoption of the ePDMP’s direct workflow integrations and to make ePDMP data more accessible within providers’ existing electronic health record systems. The primary focus of the funding is to benefit providers in rural and underserved areas of Wisconsin.

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