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February 04, 2019
In their quest to find a permanent solution to the United State’s debilitating opioid abuse problem, the researchers at HNC Virtual Solutions–a software company dealing in telemedicine—came up with a multi-pronged technology-enabled solution to cobble the crisis. They found that a long-term post-rehabilitative program was the most effective in breaking the vicious cycle of addiction as it helped address the root cause of an addiction.
“This is one response to the crisis that has been proven effective – and this level of care can be carried out with patients through the adoption of telemedicine,” said Julian Shaya, executive vice president, HNC Virtual Solutions.
Problems with current opioid treatment methods
The company based their solution on the findings of an in-depth research conducted on the opioid mess. The results established that most current opioid addiction treatment programs end up aggravating the condition of the patients. For instance,
All such techniques fail to address the underlying conditions that led to the addiction in the first place. On the contrary, they have unintended repercussions, over a period of time, resulting in the patient not being able to break free of the cycle of addiction.
Telemedicine comes as a reprieve for patients of opioid abuse
Patients are usually deprived of follow-up care because it is either unavailable, does not fit the budget or there are inadequate caregivers and specialists. This is where telemedicine can help by sufficing for issues that offer hindrances in providing long-term post-rehabilitative care.
The HNC Virtual Solutions experts feel that by applying telemedicine extensively in opioid treatment programs, all such shortcomings can be obliterated. Their video and consumer platform can help patients access follow-up care for perpetual monitoring and improving direct one-on-one consultation. They also provide HNC kiosks, which are invaluable for rural care groups as they provide improved access to psychological care for patients. These are also helpful in conditions where remote monitoring of the patients is required and in places where there is a lack of availability of specialties.
HNC’s consumer kiosks provide a place where patient data can be integrated with their medical records to deliver better crisis tracking. Further, community paramedics visiting the patients may advise them to get enrolled for follow-up care through online video sessions on their personal computers or devices.
Although, the way forward is long and arduous, the company is confident that their telemedicine would go a long way by providing a less expensive technique through their multi-level platform approach.
Tackling prescription drug abuse
Millions of people have already perished in the opioid crisis currently ravaging the United States, with millions other facing the same predicament. Undeniably, it would take a herculean effort to deal with the prescription drug crisis.
If you or a loved one is suffering with an addiction to opioids and are scouting for a prescription drug abuse center, get in touch with Invictus Health Group by calling our 24/7 helpline 866-548-0190. We offer comprehensive evidence-based treatment plans for substance abuse and mental health. You can even chat online with our experts for immediate solution.