The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded Roundtrip, a software platform for scheduling medical transportation, a $252,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant.
The funding will be used to study the impact of transportation on opioid use disorder treatment.
Researchers will examine the patient experiences and appointment show-rates of participants. All participants are adults who suffer from the disorder, are enrolled in an outpatient clinical treatment program, and have difficulty finding transportation.
“This study builds on prior research we have conducted to understand the importance of transportation and how patients engage with health care,” said Dr. Krisda Chaiyachati, the study’s lead investigator and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. “Especially with the opioid crisis spread across the country, innovations, and partnerships are needed to explore how gaps in access to medication assisted treatment can be bridged, and we are looking forward to working with Roundtrip to explore how their technology solution might offer a meaningful impact for this epidemic.”
Roundtrip has partnered with Lyft, Contra Costa Health, and the University of Pennsylvania to conduct the study.
Roundtrip’s software helps health care professionals order and coordinate a patients’ medical transportation using facility-owned vehicles, Lyft drivers, volunteers, or other drivers.