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Untreated Behavioral Health is a Problem; Appriss Health is Developing a Solution

We’re reinventing care coordination for behavioral health by organizing patient care activities and sharing information among all participants concerned with a patient to achieve safer, more effective care.

In the U.S., it is estimated that nearly 20% of adults “experience a mental illness” and nearly 60% of those individuals did not receive treatment in the previous year. Even more alarming, from 2019 to 2020, overall emergency department (ED) visits plummeted by 40% with one exception: an increase in ED visits for “mental health conditions, suicide attempts, [and] all drug and opioid overdoses.

The toll this epidemic takes on public health and individuals’ lives is deadly, and it costs hundreds of billions of dollars per year to combat it. As treatment for mental health or substance use disorder (SUD) is delayed, patient’s conditions become more acute over time and patients, health systems, health plans and even governments are left to cover the rising costs.

The magnitude of today’s behavioral health and SUD epidemic has motivated us at Appriss Health to develop a solution: a comprehensive behavioral health care coordination network. We’re using technology to better connect states, health systems, health plans, pharmacies, clinicians, and first responders to patient care. This connectivity will offer increased data integration and network collaboration, along with reduced costs and resource strains related to untreated behavioral health conditions—ultimately, expediting and improving behavioral health care for all.

More specifically, physicians and other authorized healthcare professionals will be able to better communicate with one another in a single interface, obtain a patient’s opioid prescription history, coordinate care between referring and receiving behavioral health facilities, and expedite treatment for a patient struggling with mental health and substance use disorder. Clinicians – physicians, social workers, care managers, and others will have more information at their fingertips (as allowable by law) and be able to elevate the level of care for a patient, while reducing the cost of that care.

This offers a stark contrast between a patient’s current and future realities, which could be the difference between repeating an unhealthy cycle and stabilizing their health long-term.

Patient Reality Today, without Care Coordination

Patient Reality of the Future, with Care Coordination

“At Appriss Health, we’re in position to be at the center of this behavioral health care coordination network,” said Rob Cohen, president of Appriss Health. “We’ve been enhancing our data, integration capabilities, and existing solutions on both the prescription drug monitoring side and behavioral health side for years in preparation for this.”

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