Dayton Health Systems Partner on New Approach to Addiction Crisis

April 5, 2019
Nonprofit OneFifteen working with Verily to create tech-enabled learning health system, offer wrap-around services

Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley has described her community as being “at the epicenter of our national addiction crisis.” The two largest health systems in the Dayton area — Kettering Health Network and Premier Health — have formed a new nonprofit organization called OneFifteen to take a new approach to treatment and recovery.

Why the name OneFifteen? Because in 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that each day 115 people died due to opioid overdoses in the United States. The new organization is seeking to reverse that course, and is working with Verily, an Alphabet company, to deploy a tech-enabled system of care to treat substance abuse disorders, that includes a behavioral health treatment center, rehabilitation housing and wrap-around services.

OneFifteen said the system would align with the National Academy of Medicine concept of a "learning healthcare system," which continually improves treatment and outcomes by deriving insights from its operational and clinical data and advances best practices. The OneFifteen learning healthcare system will be integrated by Verily and will apply analytics to measure the effectiveness of various interventions, while maintaining stringent standards for patient privacy and data security. Clinical care will be serviced by an operating partner of OneFifteen, Samaritan Behavioral Health, Inc., a subsidiary of Premier Health. It will take a "no wrong door" approach, meaning it will see patients regardless of insurance status.

OneFifteen includes two organizations: OneFifteen Health, which will manage behavioral health services, and OneFifteen Recovery, which will coordinate community-based wrap-around services for patients. It will provide services on a campus in the Carillon neighborhood of Dayton designed and developed by Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. to connect patients with social and other support services that are critical for long-term recovery, but fall outside of traditional models of care. OneFifteen will begin seeing individuals for inpatient and outpatient care in the spring of 2019. The full campus is expected to be completed in 2020.

"Recovery is not a 28-day process and requires a long-term, holistic approach for success,” said Marti Taylor, president and CEO of OneFifteen, in a prepared statement. She previously served as CEO of University Hospital and the Ross Heart Hospital at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “OneFifteen will offer evidence-based care that addresses the many unmet needs of people in recovery, including vocational training and sober living. By taking a community-based, partnership-driven approach, the OneFifteen ecosystem is working to establish a virtuous cycle of recovery, creating an environment conducive to broader rehabilitation efforts."

In a blog post, Danielle Schlosser, Verily’s senior clinical scientist for behavioral health, said the company would aim to address the critical information gap in addiction medicine. “Beyond providing the technical infrastructure to treat patients day-to-day, the system will also generate insights that could advance the understanding of how to treat and promote sustained recovery for those experiencing addiction and allow for evolving best practices.”