The new Michigan Automated Prescription System: the centerpiece in Michigan’s fight against opioid abuse

The opioid epidemic continues to devastate families and communities across Michigan and the nation. While it will take a total team effort to tackle this problem, the state’s new Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) will be a critical component to combating this growing problem and put Michigan at the forefront of prescription drug monitoring technology.

On April 4, the state replaced the outdated MAPS with the launch of Appriss Health’s PMP AWARxE, providing Michigan’s prescribes with a user-friendly portal that makes it more efficient for practitioners to obtain information of controlled substances and Schedule 2–5 drugs that have been dispensed. Administered by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the modern system gives prescribers and dispensers state-of-the-art tools to make more informed decisions, intervene earlier and spend additional time with patients and customers.

Michigan, along with more than 40 other states and territories currently use the prescription monitoring software. The state has worked closely with Appriss to tailor the platform to meet Michigan’s needs.

“The new MAPS is central to our fight against the opioid epidemic that has been so tragic for Michigan families,” Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said. “This powerful system will help prescribers and practitioners from across the state more effectively identify and protect Michiganders from prescription drug abuse.”

Following a recommendation from the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force to replace the problematic MAPS platform, the state partnered with Appriss Health to update and maintain the new system. Like many great solutions, the successful implementation of the new system was a team effort. Through the collaborative efforts of the State of Michigan, legislators and the medical community, the new prescription drug monitoring program became a reality and a centerpiece in Michigan’s fight against prescription drug addiction.

Under the new MAPS, prescribers will see many benefits, including accurate, real-time data, seamless interstate data sharing and faster response times. The new PMP AWARxE platform has the fastest response time in the drug monitoring industry. Record lookups that once took up to 10 minutes are now completed in seconds. For providers using the system for the first time, there are also online tutorials available.

In partnership with Appriss and the State of Michigan, Kroger Stores’ 105 Michigan pharmacies have fully integrated MAPS data and advanced analytics into their workflow to better address and protect citizens from prescription drug abuse.

“I thank Kroger for their investment and efforts to make it possible for pharmacists and practitioners to access and use MAPS data,” said Calley. “I’m hopeful that other large pharmacy chains and hospital systems will also integrate with the new system, especially when they see how well it works.”

While MAPS alone won’t win the fight against addiction, it’s an integral part of the state’s multi-faceted strategy to address this issue. Through continued collaboration with the medical community and the implementation of the state’s recently unveiled legislation to fight the opioid crisis, Michigan is poised to identify signs of addiction earlier and better protect Michiganders from prescription drug abuse.