$1 Million Awarded to DynamiCare Health Using Tech to Combat Opioid Epidemic

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Massachusetts-based addiction recovery tech company, DynamiCare Health, has just been given the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge’s top $1 million prize, due to its cutting-edge digital platform, which is engineered to support individuals battling substance abuse.

How Was This Achieved ?

DynamiCare was able to successfully prove that those who used their tech, had significant positive outcomes.  – The company’s contingency management procedure which automates evidence-based methodology, was analyzed for its impressive results. In order to be considered for the challenge, the company joined forces with Ohio’s largest addiction treatment system, BrightView. This allowed DynamiCare to incorporate its digital platform into a clinical care center for outpatients who live in Cincinnati, and gave sufferers another option.

Once the service had been up and running for 4 months, the statistics indicated that: compared to those in standard treatment, the patients who used DynamiCare, were virtually twice as liable to test negative for the illegal use of drugs. Further, those who took advantage of the platform: “also had higher appointment attendance, reported high satisfaction with how the platform supported them through their treatment, and demonstrated high engagement as measured by the time they spent interacting with the app”.

A Message From the CEO

The co-founder and CEO of DynamiCare Health, Eric Gastfriend, stated: “Ohio is one of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, and we applaud its commitment to addressing the issue head on. We thank the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge for recognizing the important work we’ve done with BrightView to support patients through their recovery”. Gastfriend also made the point that their innovative pilot program is just the beginning, as in the not too distant future, they are planning to bring their program to more sufferers in Ohio, as well as nationwide.

Challenge Background

The Ohio Opioid Tech Challenge, which was set up in fall 2017, comprised a 3-phase, prize-supported competition, which invested a whopping $8 million to help battle the opioid crisis through advancing innovative tech based solutions. During the second stage of the challenge, DynamiCare utilized its award of $200,000, to from a partnership with BrightView. This empowered the former to accomplish four main first steps, namely: ameliorating its provider analytics and dashboard; measuring and improving outcomes; incorporating contingency management into regular patient care, and making CBT content accessible through the platform.

BrightView’s chief medical officer and president, Shawn Ryan, MD, noted:

“Partnering with DynamiCare has provided our patients with an invaluable tool that helps them achieve success in their addiction recovery, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We look forward to continuing our work with the DynamiCare team to improve patient outcomes at our treatment centers throughout the state”.

More About DynamiCare Health

This renowned tech platform addresses substance use, and healthy conduct. Very importantly, it automates evidence based methodology which has been shown to be efficacious in more than a hundred randomized controlled trials.