2020 Stimulus Package

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.

Rob Cohen

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Rob Cohen

Rob Cohen has served as President of Appriss Health since 2016 and brings more than 20 years of healthcare and technology experience to his role with a career spanning leadership positions at Evolent Health, McKinsey & Company, Anthem, and Healthways.

Prior to joining Appriss Health, he served as the Market President of Tennessee for Evolent Health, a leading health IT and population health provider, where he was responsible for the operations, growth, and profitability of regional relationships.

His healthcare and technology experience spans not only operations and business development, but also customer relationship management, product marketing, and corporate strategy. It is with this diverse skill set that Rob has led Appriss Health to new heights.

In his time with the company, he has been the driving force behind remarkable growth in the prescription drug monitoring and behavioral health spaces and played a key role in the acquisitions of OpenBeds, a behavioral health capacity management, referral, and care coordination solution, and PatientPing, a care collaboration and network solution.

Rob holds a BBA, summa cum laude, from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Computer and Information Technology from the Moore School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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