Tele-MAT Addiction Services Provide Triage Support and Access to Care During Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Monday, March 16, 2020 Tropical Disease News
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Workit Health's digital addiction care program coordinates triage access to substance use disorder treatment, including medication, during this worldwide crisis.

ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 16, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Workit Health, the nation's premiere provider of telemedicine addiction care including online therapy and medication, issued the following statement regarding novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and resulting disease state COVID-19:

"At Workit Health, we're working closely with the health care organizations on the front lines of the novel coronavirus to mitigate the impact of a potential shortage of resources," said Lisa McLaughlin, LMSW, Workit's Co-CEO. "We realize that emergency departments and local clinics often act as the front door to the healthcare system for many people with substance use disorders, and our telemedicine program allows immediate triage to clinicians and counselors remotely via our web and phone apps. We can establish a dedicated routing system to ensure frontline staff can focus on COVID-19."

As a telemedicine provider with five years experience offering tele-MAT and online therapy in locations currently experiencing novel coronavirus outbreaks, including Michigan, California, and New Jersey, Workit Health is uniquely prepared to assist with triage and relieve the pressures that substance use disorders place on health systems. It's estimated that nearly half of all emergency department visits in the US are related to substance use disorders. Workit's remote team of clinicians and counselors is available via telemedicine, with an online scheduling system available to patients or referral partners at any time.

"We know that many older Americans and Americans with co-occurring disorders have been advised to stay home. People with substance use disorders may be disproportionately affected by these instructions as SUDs patients have an increased risk for major medical conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, and hepatitis C," said Dr. Paul Leonard, MD, Workit Health's Chief Medical Officer. "At Workit Health, we have counselors available digitally to support those in recovery who may be struggling with quarantine and unable to attend their usual in-person recovery care."

About Workit Health: Workit Health is a JCO accredited addiction healthcare B-corporation offering online, on-demand evidence-based addiction treatment including telehealth medication for opioid use disorder. Workit Health partners with healthcare organizations to deliver an innovative digital health solution that blends the best of human-centered design, technology, and science. Through mobile and web apps, members meet with clinicians and Master's level coaches and complete self-set recovery goals. Workit Health offers 24/7 recovery that fits into daily life, designed by experts. Learn more at workithealth.com.

SOURCE Workit Health



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