Changes are coming to Wisconsin's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and as expected, many questions are coming up as a result.
Whether your organization already accesses
data through WISHIN's integration, uses
ISHIN Pulse without the PDMP feature, or doesn't use WISHIN at all yet, we have answers for you.
Does accessing PDMP data through WISHIN's integration comply with the HOPE legislation (2015 WI Act 266) that requires providers to check the PDMP before prescribing?
Yes. WISHIN has confirmed with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) and Chair of the Controlled Substances Board that WISHIN users who obtain PDMP data via the current WISHIN integration (whether that is via single sign-on within your EHR or through the WISHIN Pulse portal) will satisfy the mandatory-use requirement effective on April 1st, 2017.
If I'm using the PDMP through WISHIN do I need to change anything?
No. You do not need to make any changes if you are already accessing the PDMP through WISHIN.
My organization uses WISHIN Pulse but doesn't currently have access to the PDMP through our connection; can we connect to fulfill the requirement?
If your organization uses WISHIN Pulse and would like to begin accessing PDMP data through your portal or single sign-on to comply with the mandatory-use requirement, please contact us by calling 608-235-4245 or at
How long will it take to get connected to the PDMP if I already use WISHIN Pulse?
It depends on both how your organization is connected to WISHIN and the number of users to whom you need to grant PDMP access.
If you connect to WISHIN via web portal, access to the PDMP could be completed in as little as a few days.
Connecting to WISHIN via single sign-on is a more involved process and would take some work from your organization and your EHR vendor. But the process would not be materially different than direct integration with the new PDMP vendor.
My organization doesn't use WISHIN Pulse. What other information would we get access to besides the PDMP data if we connected to WISHIN?
The PDMP is a micro-version of a health information exchange like WISHIN, dealing with controlled substances only. WISHIN presents numerous types of clinical data in addition to controlled-substances history, for nearly 4.5 million unique patients.
In addition to the PDMP data, one connection to WISHIN gets you the following information from participating providers:
- Admit, Discharge, and Transfer (ADT) information including: encounters, allergies, diagnoses, problem lists, face sheets, demographics, insurance information
- Lab and pathology results
- Radiology reports
- Transcribed reports (i.e., discharge summaries, H&Ps, operative reports, etc.)
- Care Summaries (CCDAs)
- Wisconsin Medicaid pharmacy-fill data
- Immunizations and immunization schedule information from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry
You can see and sort through the providers that are participating in WISHIN Pulse here.
With which EHRs does WISHIN connect?
WISHIN is a vendor-neutral health information exchange, meaning that we can connect with everyone. We have experience setting up WISHIN Pulse for clients using Cerner, Epic, GE, Meditech, McKesson, Greenway and other systems. We can enable single sign-on capability with any EHR.