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NIC Launched RxGov, a Technology to Conquer Opioid Epidemic

By CIOReview | Friday, November 2, 2018

NIC  Inc, a dominant service provider for federal and state governments in the United States, announced the launch of RxGov, a PDMP (prescription drug monitoring program) technology to help the U.S. government overcome the opioid epidemic. The launch comes after company’s acquisition of RxOrbit technology from Leap Orbit, a Maryland based company which expertise in providing IT solutions to the healthcare industry and federal government markets. Opioids, a class of drugs that includes heroin, synthetic opioids like Fentanyl, legally available pain relievers like Oxycodone, Vicodin, Morphine and many others, have become an epidemic in the country.  RxGov will help to provide data transparency between healthcare officials, pharmacies, and law enforcement. It uses machine learning techniques to help in identifying people who visit multiple doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions for illegal drugs. This technology is hosted in Microsoft’s azure cloud platform. This technology has been run by Leap orbit as a pilot project in the state of Maryland since 2011. However, this acquisition is for the assets only as no Leap Orbit employee will be joining NIC.

When we developed RxOrbit, we knew PDMP technology could be better,” said Mrinal Bhasker, partner of Leap Orbit. He also added that “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”.