Key Takeaways

  • The Massachusetts General Hospital Get Waivered program has received a behavioral economics and digital health grant through the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE)
  • The grant will allow Get Waivered to launch National, which is a national organizing campaign to get physicians waivered using digital platforms that streamline the DEA X certification process

The Massachusetts General Hospital Get Waivered program has received a behavioral economics and digital health grant through an initiative funded by the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE). The grant will allow Alister Martin, MD, MPP, founder of the Get Waivered Program, and Shuhan He, MD, digital growth director, to launch Get Waivered National, which is a national organizing campaign to get physicians waivered using digital platforms that streamline the DEA X certification process. Physicians with the DEA X designation can prescribe buprenorphine—a medication that curbs opioid cravings and reduces the effects of opioid withdrawal—but have little access to training opportunities.

“The FORE funding will help transform the Get Waivered initiative from a hospital and state initiative to a truly national campaign. That support will allow us to make a broad impact using our foundation in behavioral economics and digital health,” says Martin. “It offers an opportunity to get a new wave of emergency clinicians ready to join the fight against our nation's opioid epidemic."

In partnership with the Mass General Center for Innovation in Digital HealthCare (CIDH), the newly named Get Waivered National program will now bring digital methodologies, implement new innovations in behavioral economics and personalize communication to emergency medicine physicians nationwide. The CIDH digital growth team, led by Dr. He, is leveraging website technology as a vector for positive behavioral change by spurring engagement with the Get Waivered platform.

“We can use tools that have become pervasive in everyday life, like websites, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, to scale this unique program nationally. This unique partnership is critical in a nationwide, city by city and state by state approach to tackle the opioid crisis with Mass General leading the way,” says He.

To learn more, read the FORE press release.