Wisconsin awarded nearly $2M for prescription drug monitoring program


The U.S. Department of Justice recently awarded the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) a $1.9 million grant for its Wisconsin Enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (ePDMP).

ePDMP is a clinical decision support tool used more than 650,000 times monthly by more than 55,000 licensed health care professionals.

Funding will be used to upgrade the user experience for those accessing through the use of an electronic health record system, improve patient matching accuracy, assist providers in making decisions regarding prescribing and dispensing controlled substances, and further customize analytics for health care professionals.

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) wrote the department and urged it to fulfill the grant application.

“For far too many Wisconsinites, the opioid epidemic hits close to home,” Gallagher said. “Our state relies on the Wisconsin Enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to combat prescription drug abuse, and this announcement will help ensure that DSPS has the resources it needs to improve this tool. I’m proud to have advocated on the program’s behalf and am confident that these funds will help make the system more effective, user-friendly, and sustainable.”

“Our award-winning program is an invaluable tool that has transformed prescribing culture and curbed prescription opioid use in Wisconsin,” Dawn Crim, DSPS secretary-designee, said.