Langhorne, PA (May 2009)– Polaris Health Directions was awarded a contract from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop STaRS (Substance Treatment and Referral System), a Web-based system that will help health care providers find appropriate treatment programs for their patients. Clinicians will enter information into the system, such as the patient’s address, insurance status and type of treatment requested, and receive in return a list of treatment providers that best match the criteria.
STaRS will also do “dynamic referrals” to those treatment providers who choose to participate. When a dynamic referral is requested, STaRS will identify the treatment provider that best matches the patient’s parameters, and, with the patient’s permission, will fax the patient’s information to the appropriate treatment provider. As part of the agreement to participate, the provider is required to contact the patient within 24 hours to set up an appointment.
An active referral system such as this one makes it more likely that patients needing treatment will initiate the process.