Bike healthwhich offers virtual treatment for opioid use disorder, is partnering with emergency telehealth provider Tele911 to connect patients to ongoing care after an overdose or health crisis.
Tele911 works with paramedics to determine if patients should be transported to a hospital emergency room or if they can be treated at home or at another care site. As part of the partnership, people who have overdosed or are showing symptoms of opioid use disorder will be assessed by Tele911 emergency physicians, and a social worker can refer them to Bicycle Health.
The companies said their collaboration could help patients who experience serious health effects from opioid use disorder access ongoing care.
A recent study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy found that the vast majority of patients with opioid use disorder do not receive drug treatment. According to the 2019 National Drug Use and Health Survey, just over 10% of people aged 12 and older with a substance use disorder received treatment in the past. past year.
“Working closely with Tele911 will allow us to reach people experiencing emergency health crises, redirect their care and welcome them into our evidence-based virtual care model – ultimately putting them on the path to recovery. recovery,” said Ankit Gupta, CEO and Founder of Bicycle Health. said in a statement.
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In July, Tele911 announced a similar partnership with Workit Health for non-emergency 911 calls in California, Florida and Texas. Workit provides virtual care for substance use disorders and common co-occurring conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia. The startup revealed a $118 million Series C raise in October 2021.
Other companies offering telehealth care for substance use disorders include Boulder Care, which recently picked up $36 million; Ophelia, which announced two fundraisers in 2021; and Quit Genius, which partnered with B2B insurance company Evry Health earlier this year.
Meanwhile, this isn’t Bicycle’s first partnership in 2022. In April, the company announced a collaboration with clinical mental health service Marvin to provide medical professionals with opioid treatment.
Bike too announced a $50 million Series B round earlier this summer. gupta said MobiHealthNews the startup will use the funds for partnerships with health plans, providers and employers.
“We have now started to receive interest from providers who want to work with us, either referring patients to us or co-managing patients,” he said. “We want to use the investment to also increase our partnerships with medical providers, case managers, discharge planners, particularly in the correctional health setting, but also with employers to reach patients.”