Rhode Island PDMP Data Request

Sarah Seymour filed this request with the Department of Health of Rhode Island.
Due Oct. 18, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Sarah Seymour

To Whom It May Concern:

Northeastern University's School of Social Justice and Health Equity is interested in the Rhode Island Prescription Drug Monitoring Program ("PDMP"). Specifically, we want to learn more about law enforcement access to the database, the use of an algorithm that produces a risk 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.

In order to permit the public to understand how the Department of Health is using the PDMP and how it impacts public health and civil liberties in Rhode Island, Northeastern University's Health in Justice Action Lab is making this request under Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act for the following records:

1. Any and all records including information about the algorithm that determines risk scores in the PDMP, including but not limited to its source code, developer documentation, and operator manuals (e.g. Narx Score, Overdose Risk Score);
 
2. Any and all research, technical reports, or internal audits that define and/or evaluate PDMP effectiveness or performance;
 
3. Any and all research, technical reports, or internal audits that evaluate the Appriss risk assessment tool’s effectiveness or performance;

4. Any and all records of de-identified red flag algorithm outputs (e.g. provider red flag, pharmacy red flag, 40 MED red flag) and patient behavioral red flags (e.g., anxious patient demeanor, distance between prescriber and dispenser) with prescriber/dispenser training documentation on how to address the red flags; and

5. Any and all records from 2006-present of notification to law enforcement about information in the PDMP Medical Review Group or other channels, including but not limited to how many times law enforcement agencies have been notified about information in the PDMP, and which agencies have been notified;

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.

Should you determine that some portion of the documents request are exempt from disclosure, please release any reasonably segregable portions that are not exempt. In addition, please note the applicable statutory exemption and explain why it applies to the redacted portions.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 days as requested by the statute.

Sincerely,

Sarah Seymour

From: Department of Health

Thank you. I will log this records request.

Joseph Wendelken | Public Information Officer
Rhode Island Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill, Room 401; Providence, Rhode Island 02908

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From: Department of Health

Dear Ms. Seymour,

The attached documents are in response to your APRA request.

Very truly yours,

Peter Ragosta, RPh, CSCI
Chief, RI Board of Pharmacy/Executive Director
Division of Customer Services
RI Department of Health
401-222-2840
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From: Sarah Seymour

Hi Peter,

Thank you for your assistance and response! Can you please clarify which data items were not included in the documents your department provided. Let me know.

Best,

Sarah Seymour
HIJ Action Lab

From: Department of Health

Hi Sarah,

We listed what did not exist under each item in my response. I don't believe I can answer your question beyond what was already provided.

Sincerely,

From: Department of Health

We responded to this APRA already. Thank you.

From: Department of Health

Dear Madam/Sir,

There appears to be a misunderstanding of your interpretation to the language in my response letter (attached). We did not have in our possession any documents that we decided to not release to you. Therefore let me clarify again that we provided you with all the documents we had in our possession that related to your records request, we simply do not have any additional information and are not withholding any documents.

Very truly yours,

Peter Ragosta, RPh, CSCI
Chief, RI Board of Pharmacy/Executive Director
Division of Customer Services
RI Department of Health
401-222-2840
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Department of Health
APRA Office
Room 404
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908

November 1, 2019

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 3, 2019. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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