|Submitted||Nov. 4, 2019|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Northeastern University’s School of Social Justice and Health Equity is interested in the state’s prescription monitoring program, the INSPECT (Indiana Board of Pharmacy Prescription Monitoring Program). Specifically, we want to learn more about law enforcement access to the database, the use of an algorithm that produces a risk assessment score to analyze its contents, and the data access and retention rules governing the system. We understand the algorithm was produced by the corporation Appriss Health. In order to permit the public to understand how the Board of Pharmacy is using the INSPECT, and how it impacts public health and civil liberties in Indiana, Northeastern University’s Health in Justice Action Lab is making this request under the Indiana Access to Public Records Act § 5-14-3-1 et seq., for the following records:
1. Any and all records including information about the algorithm that determines risk scores in the INSPECT, including but not limited to its source code, developer documentation, and operator manuals;
2. Any and all research, technical reports, or internal audits that evaluate the Appriss risk assessment tool’s effectiveness or performance
3. De-identified records of algorithmic outputs (e.g. predictions or “red flags”);
4. Any record showing the number of patients in the INSPECT by quarter and year (2006-present); and
5. Any and all records showing how often law enforcement entities or individuals have requested information or records from the INSPECT, or made electronic queries of the system, including but not limited to what types of information or records have been requested, which agencies have made the requests, the percent of requests that were accepted versus denied, temporal trends, the form of the request (e.g. subpoena, warrant, etc.), and whether the requests were granted or denied.
Because this request involves a matter of public concern and because it is made on behalf of a nonprofit organization, we ask that you waive any fees. If you decide not to waive fees, we request that you permit us to examine, at our election, the responsive documents before deciding which portions to transmit. We prefer the documents in electronic format.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.
I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 days.
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