NIC launches new platform to bring machine learning to PDMPs

A new cloud-based software platform called RxGov uses machine learning to strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) as a way to help curb the abuse of opioid analgesics, according to NIC, which has been managing PDMP solutions since 2011.

A new cloud-based software platform called RxGov uses machine learning to strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) as a way to help curb the abuse of opioid analgesics, according to NIC, which has been managing PDMP solutions since 2011. NIC says RxGov is a result of the company's acquisition of the RxOrbit suite from Maryland-based Leap Orbit. "This solution leverages the PDMP systems NIC currently manages, plus the functionality of the technology we acquired," according to NIC CEO Harry Herington. The platform also boasts data transparency and a unique patient matching algorithm. RxGov uses machine learning to integrate patients' full names, nicknames, and maiden names into a single record to prevent patients from doctor shopping. The platform also coordinates EHRs and features a platform-as-a-service option. Prior to NIC's purchase of the RxOrbit suite, Leap Orbit's technology was part of a pilot program with the state of Maryland that began in 2017.