A Deadly Addiction that Requires an Integrated Solution

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Opiate addiction has been declared a public health crisis in many states. Nationwide, more than 100 people die from opiate-related overdoses each day. Some jurisdictions are even equipping emergency service providers with a drug called Narcan, which counteracts the life-threatening effects of an opiate overdose.

But more needs to be done.

Increasingly, behavioral health and addiction treatment providers are contemplating primary care integration. We’re talking about clinical solutions that treat the mind and body. But they want to keep it streamlined and simple so they can focus on their patients.

Our provider clients are looking for one software solution that addresses the whole person-within our medication assisted Care Records.  NIDA’s Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment and SAMSHA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) provide a common language and a defining set of principles we can replicate within our software solutions. This comprehensive approach to treatment includes medical components, medication orders, as well as the standardization of nationally-accepted treatment tools. That’s what I call a “Total Solution.”

It’s important that we – the people who create the solutions – imagine being on the front lines of care delivery (as I once was). It reminds us to focus on all aspects of care. If we do so, we can facilitate life-saving change and meet the needs of persons with substance abuse disease. But if we don’t focus on all aspects of care … if we fail to view treatment challenges through the eyes of clinicians … our interventions will be less than ideal.