Cincinnati, OH – February 1, 2018: Cordata Community, a leader in care coordination and patient engagement technology designed for addiction and other community health issues, is pleased to announce its involvement in a new program in Huntington, WV. The Huntington Police Department, Cabell County Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS), and local mental health providers will form a quick response team (QRT) to engage more overdose victims, guide them into treatment programs and follow up during the course of their recovery.
QRTs have emerged as the leading national model to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic. Approximately 25 Ohio communities have embraced it, with a rapidly growing number around the US either actively deploying or exploring the QRT model. Currently, Cordata’s tools and technology are being used by the majority of those QRTs, typically replacing paper documents, spreadsheets and basic surveys, which made information difficult to share.
Cordata software will allow CCEMS, which responds to all “suspected overdose” calls in Huntington, to share data with the QRTs, which will seek to engage victims within 72 hours and encourage them to seek treatment. The QRT in Huntington consists of a police officer, a paramedic from CCEMS, and a mental health provider.
The referral and patient data captured by Cordata will be accessible to all team members to engage victims, both those who submit to treatment and those who initially refuse treatment, as well as to identify at-risk individuals and groups.
The data will also be shared with researchers at Marshall University to monitor, assess and analyze the program’s results. The research will measure efficacy, gather information on the social attributes of victims and seek recommendations for ongoing prevention programs.
“The Huntington community should be commended for bringing together law enforcement, emergency medical services and mental health providers, each of which has a critical role to play in this fight,” said Cordata’s founder and CEO, Gary Winzenread. “Cordata is proud to provide the care coordination and patient engagement technology that is necessary to promote collaboration among the different agencies, apply leading practices in disease management and to find out what really works.”
“This public health crisis has taken a severe human toll on our communities, from the victims and their families and friends to the first responders who are on the front lines every day,” said Connie Priddy, QRT coordinator for CCEMS. “With the formation of the QRT, the adoption of Cordata’s technology and the creation of patient records to follow up during treatment and document our work, we are taking positive steps towards solving an issue that has ravaged our community.”
About Cordata Community
Cordata Community develops and delivers innovative and intuitive technology for outreach-driven care coordination and patient engagement to address critical community health issues and improve the health of underserved and uninsured populations. Our people-centric, cloud-based software platform and mobile app connect healthcare organizations, government agencies, community groups and resources, law enforcement and other stakeholders in public and community health. Our tools are designed to address addiction and behavioral health, hepatitis C, HIV and AIDS, foster care and child services and other challenging areas. Learn more at www.CordataCommunity.com