Today we’re excited to share a really nice piece that recently appeared in the Yale News about an app we developed for them to help people who are struggling with opioid addiction. Later in 2019, we will be working with Yale once again to develop phase 2 of the app, as well as to develop an app for those living with Hepatitis C. We’re extremely grateful to the whole Yale Med team for the opportunity to work on such worthwhile projects.
Below is a teaser for the article with a link to the original post.
Yale experts develop new free app to tackle opioid addiction
As the opioid overdose epidemic continues to take its toll, causing 47,600 deaths in 2017, researchers continue to seek innovative solutions to the crisis. At Yale, a team of medical experts and students have come up with a tool that could help individual opioid users with one of the most important strategies to fight addiction: medication treatment.
Two years ago, assistant professor of medicine Dr. David Rosenthal was giving paper handouts to patients taking one of the FDA-approved addiction treatment medications, buprenorphine. The handouts crudely instructed patients on how to take the drug on their own. He wondered if instead of the handout, a digital guide would be a better service to today’s more tech-savvy patients. Rosenthal enlisted medical students Josh Feler and Patrick Liu in the project, and they quickly turned around a working mock-up.
The next step was collaborating with Yale psychiatrist Dr. Theddeus Iheanacho, who suggested they apply for a grant. With $25,000 in funding from a VA innovation grant, they hired developers and tested the app with veteran patients. “Then we were off to the races,” said Rosenthal. “We have been developing a first version for about a year.”