iTether Technologies, U of Arizona doctor team up on app for pregnant women with substance abuse disorder

Pregnant Woman With child

Having a baby can be complicated and requires regular doctors visits and classes. Mix those challenges with managing a substance abuse disorder, and the result can be overwhelming.

iTether Technologies and University of Arizona physician Dr. Maria Manriquez have teamed up to develop a new app specifically designed to address the needs of pregnant women who are also dealing with opioid addiction.

The app allows women to book appointments, talk to counselors online and message doctors.

“Pregnant and parenting women who are in the process of recovery have so many issues to deal with,” Manriquez said in a statement. “Even with coordinated care, such as medical homes, a huge gap exists. This is especially prevalent when part of the ‘prescription’ includes medication, obstetric and addiction medicine visits, counseling, support groups and learning new material such as cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.”

The tool builds on iTether Technologies care management platform, which helps people with substance use disorder improve care coordination.

The platform was one of the 10 first round winners of a competition run by the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and received a $10,000 award.

About Maria Manriquez MD FACOG

Maria Manriquez






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Women’s health

Beyond Addiction

Addiction Medicine

What is FACOG

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