Last Tuesday, the NIEM community came together for the second NIEM Virtual Town Hall of 2013! In total, 118 community members—from federal, state, local, international, and the private sector—tuned in to hear how Prescription Drug Monitoring Information Exchange (PMIX) is supporting the fight against drug abuse and diversion at the state level.
NIEM Executive Director, Donna Roy, kicked off the Town Hall and provided exciting updates on NIEM Version 3.0 and the upcoming NIEM in November live and virtual event on November 6.
First, Donna announced that NIEM 3.0 just completed the Release Candidate public review and is expected to launch within the next month! Donna discussed how active community participation and feedback has been critical to release efforts and thanked the community for their contribution.
Next, she encouraged participation in NIEM in November, a day-long get-together to connect, educate, and celebrate the NIEM community through a series of live panels and networking opportunities.
At NIEM in November, the "Best of NIEM" 2013 awards will also be announced, which recognize NIEM implementation projects that improve how government works. Nominations for Best of NIEM are currently being accepted through October 10, so make sure you submit your nomination soon. Bragging rights and recognition from your peers are on the line!
From there, Joshua Bolin of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and Scott Serich of the IJIS Institute discussed how prescription drug abuse is a national problem and what PMIX is doing to help combat it. PMIX provides a common data architecture for state prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to exchange common data and address unique access requirements.
Sixteen states have already connected through the PMIX architecture, processing 2.5 million requests. By the end of 2014, 15 more states will be sharing prescription drug information. NIEM has supported this mission’s critical effort by providing a foundation and tools.
The Town Hall came to a close with a Question & Answer session that allowed the general community to ask Josh and Scott policy and technical questions about PMIX.
Did you miss the Town Hall? You can watch the replay and download the PDF presentation here!
Town Halls are essential for the success of the NIEM program because they provide a platform for community members to inform and engage each other and to share their experiences.