Dr. Weintraub’s Telemedicine Treatment for Opioid Disorders Has Been Pathbreaking for Rural Communities
Eric Weintraub, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Head of the Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse, was named “Community Star” by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health.
The award is being officially announced during National Rural Health Day, an annual day of recognition, shining a light on those who serve the vital health needs of an estimated 57 million people living in rural America.
Weintraub was recognized for his telemedicine work to help bring treatment for opioid disorders to rural parts of the state of Maryland. Dr. Weintraub is an expert in the treatment of opioid dependence with Medication Assisted Treatment. He has helped develop innovative programs in providing Medication Assisted Treatment to underserved rural areas via telemedicine and in engaging opioid dependent patients in the Emergency Department with Medication Assisted Treatment.
In April Dr. Weintraub announced UMSOM’s partnership with Caroline County Health Department, Maryland Department of Health, and the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center to launch the Eastern Shore Mobile Care Collaborative (ESMCC). This is a mobile system designed to provide state-of-the-art treatment for opioid disorders for those in need on the Maryland Eastern shore. The ESMCC builds upon a commitment among local health officials and UMSOM addiction experts to provide service to those in need in the most rural parts of the state. The service provided in the MTU is a combination of on-site diagnosis and treatment with medication-based treatment for opioid addiction via telemedicine to patients located on Maryland’s eastern shore.
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