CHESS Health is dedicated to helping more people get into treatment and find meaningful connections that enable them to achieve lasting recovery from Substance Use Disorder. Real and lasting recovery is why we do what we do.
Supporting recovery and protecting patient privacy are not mutually exclusive. Despite this, a recent study highlighted potential concerns with 10 SUD apps, many of which are start-ups with funding from the venture and private equity markets, as well as the federal government.[i] The findings are certainly cause for concern: many of the apps may be misusing or inappropriately sharing sensitive user data, including the consistent access of unique identifiers.
These funds will make it easier for mental health provider organizations to implement technological solutions to better deliver care in the absence of in-person meetings and scale to meet the growing need. Connecting with others has been a mainstay in recovery programs, and technology can facilitate this while social distancing is in play. Investments in technology also support increasing Peer Engagement Specialists’ reach who need modern communication methods to remain connected to clients.
For so many, this year has been more than challenging. As we headed into the holidays we thought that, perhaps, this was it and that a new year—a better year—was just around the corner. Sadly, we begin this final week of 2020 without our friend, peer and highly esteemed colleague Dr. Kathleen Carroll.