The pandemic has been crushing to those suffering from substance use disorder and mental health maladies. Last week’s health alert regarding the growing number of overdoses, from the CDC, is just the latest in a long list of data points demonstrating that reality. Sadly, these reports represent real people suffering in a space where we can do better.
We are thankful that our leaders in Washington DC are taking action with the new stimulus package. This is an important step in the right direction, but more investment is needed for long term impact.
In the coming months, we believe the healthcare industry and our state governments will be searching for and identifying new and better ways to treat this growing population of patients. The shortlist of high-priority needs includes improved access to behavioral healthcare resources, more effective crisis response functionality, expanded early intervention resources, wider distribution of naloxone, and the ability to simply connect a patient with care.
At Appriss Health, we are at the forefront of solving these growing challenges. Today our OpenBeds solution is connecting tens of thousands of patients to the behavioral healthcare resources they so desperately need. And in North Carolina, you can see our Critical Resource Tracker helping 120 hospitals to better connect patients with the life-saving resources they need during the pandemic. Our team is actively creating the next digital solutions to solve so many of these difficult challenges.
Thank you to Congressional leaders for beginning the important work to address this issue. There is a lot more work to do, but this latest stimulus package is a valuable initial step.