PRESS RELEASE: Workit Health Awarded Social Determinants NIDA Contract to Expand Development of Data-Driven Digital Addiction Treatment Program

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse contract advances Workit Health’s industry leading telemedicine addiction recovery program, promoting health equity through individualized support that solves for social determinants of health.


Workit Health, the nation’s leading provider of evidence-based telemedicine addiction care, today announced the receipt of a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) contract to leverage health IT solutions to solve for social determinants of health in addiction care.

This Phase I contract expands the predictive analytics within Workit Health’s addiction-specific electronic medical record platform. Clinicians will access an all-in-one resource for roadmapping social determinants of health, non-medical considerations, and barriers, as well as traditional medical histories and diagnoses. Workit’s proprietary algorithms will provide clinicians a clearer 360 degree view of each patient, improving medication adherence and decreasing frequency of crisis events.

“NIDA’s support of Workit Health solidifies digital care as an alternative to traditional, outdated treatment models,” said Lisa McLaughlin, Workit Health’s Co-CEO. “This allows us to focus on our ability to provide real support for stable housing and transportation through collaborative care teams via telemedicine. We’re able to be there when no one else can.”

“Over 20 million Americans will face addiction in their lifetimes,” said Robin McIntosh, Workit Health’s Co-CEO. “Thousands of Workit members trust our technology to access expert addiction care when they need it, and the NIDA contract allows us to offer intervention before high-risk, high-cost events through machine learning.”

This year, Workit Health was also named a finalist in the BlueCross BlueShield Data Innovation Challenge, receiving access to a subset of Blue Health Intelligence’s national dataset in order to uncover more holistic and comprehensive ways to measure the success of addiction treatments to support the identification, prediction, and prioritization of members and providers for real-time interventions. In 2017, Workit was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation to develop a “thrive-meter” which assists individuals in identifying success in addiction recovery.

About Workit Health: Workit Health is an addiction healthcare B-corporation offering online, on-demand evidence-based addiction treatment including telehealth medication for opioid use disorder. Workit Health partners with healthcare organizations to deliver an innovative digital health solution that blends the best of human-centered design, technology, and science. Through mobile and web apps, members meet with clinicians and Master’s level coaches and complete self-set recovery goals. Workit Health offers 24/7 recovery that fits into daily life, designed by experts. Learn more at

As Workit Health’s Head of Marketing, Kali Lux leans in to the culture gap between addiction, recovery, and medicine. She’s interested in finding solutions that work for substance users better than drinking or drugging does, and believes Workit is one of them. She’s written extensively on her own experience through addiction into long-term recovery. You can connect with her on Twitter @kalireadsbooks.

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