– Appriss Health acquires cloud-based behavioral health platform OpenBeds to remove gaps in behavioral health treatment referrals.
– OpenBeds ensures that providers don’t spend hours of their day manually trying to find treatment facilities for patients, because the data is available to them within minutes.
– The acquisition of OpenBeds helps Appriss Health to build on its efforts to address the complex and changing opioid crisis plaguing communities through proven solutions for patient management and treatment.
Appriss Health has announced the acquisition of OpenBeds, a cloud-based behavioral health platform that identifies, unifies, and tracks behavioral health resources. The network fosters collaboration among medical and mental health providers, social services and substance use disorder programs. It gives them a resource to evaluate in real real-time, the availability of treatment facilities that have room to take patients in need of mental health treatment. OpenBeds ensures that providers don’t spend hours of their day manually trying to find treatment facilities for patients, because the data is available to them within minutes.
Acquisition Will Enable Appriss Health to Expand Reach More State & Provider Partners
Delaware and Indiana has already deployed OpenBeds statewide, and statewide adoption agreements are in place in six other states. Indiana and Delaware have already deployed the OpenBeds platform on a statewide basis. In Delaware – where more than 17,000 referrals have been made since the system was implemented in September 2018 – over half of referrals are acknowledged within 30 minutes and the system is helping the state identify gaps in care delivery and ensure that people have the opportunity to get appropriate treatment. Agreements are also in place for statewide implementation of the OpenBeds platform in six additional states. This acquisition will continue to help Appriss Health address the complex and changing opioid epidemic with proven solutions for patient management and treatment.
“We are in the midst of a public health crisis. It is widely recognized that one of the major barriers to addressing the opioid crisis is access to treatment,” said Nishi Rawat, M.D., co-founder of OpenBeds. “As a critical care provider, I often saw patients sent home after opioid overdoses rather than being connected to treatment, and patients boarded for days in the ED until they were connected to inpatient psychiatric care. That’s why I founded OpenBeds. With technology, we can do so much more to improve outcomes by quickly connecting patients to appropriate and quality treatment.”
“Appriss Health shares our mission and has enabled OpenBeds to scale and expand our reach to more state and provider partners, ensuring that more patients with SUD and mental health challenges receive the care they need through our trusted network of treatment centers and referral entities,” Rawat said.
Acquisition Addresses The Complex and Changing Opioid Crisis
The acquisition of OpenBeds helps Appriss Health to build on its efforts to address the complex and changing opioid crisis plaguing our communities through proven solutions for patient management and treatment. Appriss Health’s PMP Gateway managed solution is widely-deployed nationwide, and enables the integration into clinical workflow of a robust opioid stewardship platform. This platform includes multi-state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) information, data visualizations, analytics, the OpenBeds platform, and a host of other capabilities and resources valuable in supporting providers and patients in appropriate prescribing, pain management, and treatment clinical decision making.
Why It Matters
“OpenBeds shares the same DNA as Appriss Health and our belief that clinicians can greatly improve patient care and safety with timely access to critical health information and clinical tools,” said Rob Cohen, President, Appriss Health. “With OpenBeds, providers no longer need to spend hours of their day manually trying to find treatment facilities for patients – the data is available to them within minutes, in a secure network, allowing more time to care for patients. And patients are able to be connected, referred digitally, and admitted to treatment much more quickly, ensuring they receive the care they need in a timely manner before they might experience adverse medical events.”
To date, more than 130 of the nation’s largest electronic health record (EHR) platforms and every major pharmacy chain and pharmacy management system have integrated the Appriss Health platform directly into their healthcare information technology systems, currently connecting more than 500,000 prescribers and pharmacists at nearly 80,000 facilities in 40 states and supporting more than 60 million patient encounters per month.
Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.