NIC Inc. Launches RxGov: PDMP Platform Uses Machine Learning

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The cloud-based PDMP platform integrates with electronic health records, and uses machine learning to create single records to track opioid prescriptions.

OLATHE, KANSAS — NIC Inc., which provides digital government services, announced the launch of RxGov, a comprehensive prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) platform to help government combat the opioid epidemic.

The platform is driven by the company’s acquisition of the RxOrbit suite of technology assets from Leap Orbit, a privately held, Maryland-based company with extensive healthcare IT expertise in health information exchanges, clinical decision support and state and federal government markets.

“We are pleased to introduce RxGov to the market,” said Harry Herington, NIC chief executive officer and chairman of the board, in the announcement. “This solution leverages the best of the PDMP systems NIC currently manages, plus the unique, cutting-edge functionality of the technology we acquired. This best-in-class solution brings choice, flexibility and affordability to government officials responsible for prescription drug monitoring programs.”

Prescription drug monitoring programs are used in nearly every state in the United States to track the prescribing, dispensing and use of prescribed controlled opioids such as hydrocodone and oxycodone. Every day in the United States, nearly 50 people die from an overdose involving prescription opioids. Emerging research suggests that PDMPs are associated with a reduction in the rate of controlled substance prescribing.

The RxGov PDMP platform includes a variety of industry-leading benefits and features, including:

  • Data Transparency: The system provides complete end-to-end data transparency among healthcare officials, pharmacies, government and law enforcement.
  • Unique Patient Matching Algorithm: RxGov uses machine learning to match patient full names, nicknames, maiden names, etc. into a single record to prevent doctor shopping.
  • Seamless Integration with Electronic Health Records (EHR): With this platform, healthcare organizations can integrate PDMP data directly into the clinical workflow within their EHR, without the need to log into a separate web portal.
  • Platform as a service (PaaS): PaaS allows for quick deployment and easy migration from a legacy system.
  • Completely Cloud Based: RxGov is hosted in the trusted Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

“When we developed RxOrbit, we knew PDMP technology could be better,” said Mrinal Bhasker, partner of Leap Orbit. “The acquisition of RxOrbit by NIC to form RxGov is an exciting step towards our vision of delivering PDMP data to all policymakers and clinicians where and when they need it to make informed decisions. We look forward to seeing NIC build upon this vision and bring a best-in-class solution to an industry that needs it. This is a critical component in combating the opioid epidemic in the U.S.”

Leap Orbit’s technology has been operating as part of a pilot program since 2017 with the state of Maryland. NIC has been managing PDMP solutions since 2011, and launched its flagship, comprehensive ePDMP system in the state of Wisconsin in 2017.

About Leap Orbit

Leap Orbit assists healthcare institutions in developing and implementing technology to transform the way care is delivered and paid for.

About NIC

NIC Inc. (Nasdaq: EGOV) is the nation’s premier provider of innovative digital government solutions and secure payment processing, which help make government interactions more accessible for everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies has developed a library of more than 13,000 digital government services for more than 5,500 federal, state and local government agencies. Among these solutions is the ground-breaking personal assistant for government, Gov2Go, delivering citizens personalized reminders and a single access point for government interactions.

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