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December 17, 2018

2018 has been another important year for the development and utilization of the Wisconsin Enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (WI ePDMP). There are now regularly close to 600,000 patient queries performed on a monthly basis, and dispensing data indicate a 32% decrease in opioid prescriptions dispensed since 2015.

Read below for information about:

  • WI ePDMP Features for Prescribers
  • What's in store for 2019

Patient Report Feature Spotlight

Addiction Resources

WI ePDMP patient reports for prescribers now link to information about Wisconsin addiction resources for healthcare professionals, as well as patients and their families. 

Addiction Resources Button

Clicking on "Learn More About Addiction Resources" provides information about the following resources from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services: 

  • The University of Wisconsin Addiction Consultation Hotline, providing real-time support for healthcare professionals from specialists in addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry, psychology, and AODA counseling.
  • Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a statewide initiative connecting clinical experts with primary care providers and medication assisted treatment prescribers across Wisconsin.
  • The Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline, available to connect people with resources to overcome dependence on opioids or other substances.

Prescriber Led Alerts

The "Add Prescriber Alert" button allows prescribers to place alerts on WI ePDMP patient reports in order to inform other healthcare users about the following patient events:

  1. Treatment Agreement
  2. Violation of Treatment Agreement
  3. Overdose Incident

Alerts created for purposes other than the patient events listed above are not allowed and will be removed by PDMP administrators.

Prescriber Metrics Reports

Prescribers can access valuable information about their own prescribing practice by clicking on the "Prescribing Practice Metrics" icon when logged in to the WI ePDMP. This feature is not available to users who access patient reports from a single-sign-on within their EHR. 

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In addition to a complete list of dispensings associated with their DEA numbers, prescribers can view a summary of their controlled substances prescribing volume compared to peers of the same specialty, as well as an indication of their patients with alerts, the distance their patients travel for controlled substance prescriptions, and an estimation of their WI ePDMP usage.

Coming in 2019

Additional enhancements are in store for the WI ePDMP in 2019, in an effort to make sure it continues to meet its users' needs. The 2018 user satisfaction survey showed a high satisfaction rate with the WI ePDMP and helped identify many of the upcoming enhancements. Your feedback is valuable to the continued success of the WI ePDMP!

  • Additional user surveys and online focus groups will be conducted to gather and refine ideas for priority enhancements.
  • If you do not receive a survey but are interested in providing feedback, contact PDMP staff to be included in the focus groups.

Stay Informed

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You can also "Like" our Facebook page to keep informed about enhancements to the WI ePDMP: https://pdmp.wi.gov/news.



Please contact us at pdmp@wisconsin.gov.