US medical center testing a mobile app to tackle opioid crisis

Harbor Homes has partnered with Q2i to leverage its OARS app to improve treatment for patients with opioid use disorder


US New Hampshire-based nonprofit medical agency Harbor Homes is test piloting a mobile app, using technology created by Q2i, a healthcare solutions provider, to assist in opioid addiction recovery and improve patient care.

Q2i's Opioid Addiction Recovery Support (OARS) mobile app will be tested to support patients in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs at Harbor Homes.

Q2i CEO, Steven Jenkins, said "Our goal at Q2i is to improve the success of MAT programs by developing and providing leading-edge technology for healthcare teams and their patients, and in doing so, help increase the availability and access for treatment for people with opioid use disorder.

"We are extremely pleased to be working with Harbor Homes, an agency which is leading the fight against opioid addiction."

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The OARS app provides real-time reports and analytics to offer data-driven decisions with an enhanced system to track patient progress which, according to Q2i "results in fewer relapses, reduced inpatient admissions/readmissions, reduced overdose incidents and ER visits.

"One of the many features of OARS is that it enables healthcare teams to understand and respond to patients' progress in real-time and provides highly effective data analysis tools that help identify trends and flag areas of concern for action/intervention," Q2i added.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), New Hampshire has the second highest rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in the US. "In 2016, there were 437 opioid-related overdose deaths – a rate of 35.8 deaths per 100,000 persons–nearly three times higher than the national rate of 13.3 deaths per 100,000," NIH reported.

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