Washington state’s new Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is fully operational and available online for licensed health care professionals to use. The Department of Health is encouraging providers to use this new system to provide improved patient care and help prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse.
PMP electronically collects information on controlled substances prescribed and dispensed and gives prescribers a tool to make better-informed prescribing decisions by helping identify unsafe medication regimens, especially with patients who see multiple prescribers.
Data collection began in October 2011. As of August 2012, the system has almost eleven million records. More than 9,600 health care providers registered with the PMP program have made in excess of 210,000 patient history requests.
Practitioners may request prescription history reports for their patients from the program. The information is available online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, anywhere a user has Internet access. Prescribers can also delegate authority for requesting information to other licensed health professionals working for them. Information on how to assign delegates is available online in the PMP user guide.
To register, visit (http://www.wapmp.org/practitioner/pharmacist/) and follow the steps in the Training Guide for Practitioners and Pharmacists posted there.
DOH’s program website (www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/PMP/default.htm)provides) more information and an option to receive updates through a listserv. You can also contact PMP Director Chris Baumgartner at 360-236-4806 (firstname.lastname@example.org).