Apps aim to prevent overdoses, support recovering users

One such app, A-CHESS, is being developed right here in Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Could an app be used to stop a heroin overdose, or support a recovering drug user? Some apps on the marketplace hope to do just that – including one developed by a company right here in Rochester.

A new Android app called Remote Egg Timer is aimed at preventing overdose deaths. The user sets a timer, and if the user does not push the stop button then an emergency contact is alerted.

The app also includes GPS monitoring, and the ability to customize the message sent to an emergency contact.

But this isn't the only app that can help users with addiction. A company in Rochester, CHESS Mobile Health, has developed an app to help those recovering from alcohol and drug abuse.

"It's called A-CHESS. And it's more than an app, it's an entire ecosystem,” said Joey Organisciak, CHESS VP of Technology. “So mobile application on the front end for patients and participants. Then on the back end, a way for clinicians, counselors, recovery coaches to access data about that patient, be there for support when that patient may find themselves in need, and access to all those, basically predictive analytics."

According to Organisciak, the A-CHESS app is the only clinical research backed application in the US right now.

To learn more about A-CHESS, visit the CHESS Mobile Health website.

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