Mytonomy and Carilion Clinic Join Forces to Combat the Opioid Epidemic by Expanding Use of Virtual Care

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Mytonomy, the leader in cloud-based virtual care optimized for microlearning engagement, and Carilion Clinic, a national leader in opioid treatment, announced today they are partnering to combat the opioid crisis by leveraging the latest in virtual care.

Our strong hope is to build a successful, scalable solution that will help other health care providers across the country.

Mytonomy, the leader in cloud-based virtual care optimized for microlearning engagement, and Carilion Clinic, a national leader in opioid treatment, announced today they are partnering to combat the opioid crisis by leveraging the latest in virtual care.

Mytonomy recently deployed its virtual care platform at the Mayo Clinic to drive shared decision making in oncology. This new collaboration with Carilion, which is responding to hard hit communities in Appalachia, will produce a new virtual care offering comprised of the latest in behavioral science, cognitive learning principles and digital engagement technology. The goal is to dramatically expand the reach of education, communication and care resources available to patients, families, staff and community support services – connecting them in real time.

“Working with leading health care systems and top thought leaders who fight the opioid epidemic every day enables us to address this problem from an entirely fresh perspective, with a deep respect for all humans regardless of their circumstance,” said Mytonomy CEO and Co-Founder Anjali Kataria. “We’re excited to partner with Carilion to put these powerful virtual tools in the hands of patients, family and healthcare staff, not just in Virginia but in any community that needs them.”

The Challenge

In 2018 alone, 72,000 people died of a drug overdose, most of them due to opioids. An estimated 1.7 million live with opioid addiction every day. A recent New York Times article June 1, 2019, calls attention to the impact opioid addiction is having on families, noting that “more than 20 years after the introduction of OxyContin — and nearly 400,000 opioid overdose deaths later — a generation is growing up amid the throes of a historic epidemic. Call them Generation O: the children whose families are trapped in a relentless grip of addiction, rehab, and prison.”

Our Approach

Carilion and Mytonomy will create new microlearning video education and engagement tools to assist health care staff, clinicians and community support resources with the most pressing challenges they face including:

  • a better understanding of the biology of addiction and pain management practices;
  • recognizing patients who are addicted;
  • supporting patients and families suffering from addiction through recovery; and
  • connecting them to the right care resources at the right time.

“This is an important collaboration. This gives us the opportunity to bring the latest technology to bear upon this complex problem for our patients, families, and staff,” said Nancy Howell Agee, President, and CEO of Carilion Clinic, and immediate past chair of the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees. “Our strong hope is to build a successful, scalable solution that will help other health care providers across the country.”

Mytonomy’s solution is not only mobile, modern and consumer-friendly but also empathetic, giving it the added potential to address the many facets of opioid treatment and other behavioral health conditions. Mytonomy’s virtual care solution is highly secure, HIPAA-compliant, consumer-friendly and largely built on Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS facilitates dynamic load balancing for seamless scalability and integration with customers’ enterprise EMR and mobile applications, with effective controls that customers can leverage to attain SOC2-Type 2 compliance.

Carilion and Mytonomy will begin deploying this new virtual care tool set during the summer and fall of 2019, with the aim of making it available to health systems across the country.

“Using modern tools, such as microlearning, to engage those most in need is a new frontier in medicine,” said Dr. Robert Trestman, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Carilion Clinic and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. “This approach can serve as a force multiplier to reduce opioid dependence, addiction, and deaths across Virginia and the country.”

About Carilion Clinic
Carilion Clinic is a tax-exempt health care organization, headquartered in Roanoke, Va., serving nearly one million people through hospitals, outpatient specialty centers and advanced primary care practices. Led by multi-specialty physician teams with a shared philosophy that puts the patient first, Carilion is committed to improving outcomes for every patient while advancing the quality of care through medical education and research. For more information visit carilionclinic.org/about-carilion-clinic.

About Mytonomy
Mytonomy is a pioneer delivering virtual care models through a modern cloud-based platform, —the "Netflix meets YouTube for Healthcare" —optimized to stream mobile, high production value, short-form content, called microlearning, for patients, families, employees, and staff to live healthier, happier, and longer lives. Staff uses the system to perform at the top of their license and save valuable time; health systems and employers can use Mytonomy to shift the cost of care to lower cost sites, drive greater consistency, and improve patient and staff satisfaction. Mytonomy has the most extensive collection of original microlearning education for healthcare and the cloud platform allows for an “Amazon-like experience” with tremendous consumer-facing capabilities. End users can upload their own content through an array of self-service publishing tools, configurable workflows and communication campaigns designed to drive highly engaged tailored patient journeys. Mytonomy offers a series of sophisticated ePRO tools, informed consent, as well as real-time enterprise-level reporting and analytics. Mytonomy’s virtual care solution is highly secure, consumer-friendly, and largely built on Amazon Web Services.

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