Dallas-based Catapult Health, a national preventive healthcare practice, has partnered with data-driven platform Evive to guide people with COVID-19 symptoms to nearby testing centers. Catapult currently has about 100 nurse practitioners who are using a new national database of testing sites and resources called Evive.Care. Evive’s search tool is available for individuals to use.
Evive was “the first organization to compile and make available a national database of COVID-19 testing sites, even before the Texas Department of State Health Services came out with one for the state,” David Michel, CEO of Catapult Health told Dallas Innovates via email.
Launched in March, Evive’s national database provides a search tool for people to enter in their state and county, displaying a list of nearby COVID-19 testing centers across 51 states and territories. The results list key details, including address, phone number, location type, cost, and instructions on how to make an appointment.
So far, Evive.Care has helped more than 20,000 people find Coronavirus testing sites near them, according to a statement.
“Although many states, including Texas, are now publishing local lists, Evive is still the national go-to resource, as far as we are concerned,” Michel told Dallas Innovates.
Accessing testing can be challenging as stocked locations change, Michel says.
There are more than 1,039 testing centers currently identified on the Evive’s website. The numbers continue to evolve as Evive’s team researches “credible government sources,” the company said. And Evive also encourages people who visit the website to submit centers that may not yet be listed.
Catapult Health, which was founded by CEO Michel in 2010, specializes in preventive health checkups through remote clinics and telehealth options. The company, which goes directly to their clients’ workplaces for checkups, says it can do so at about half the cost of what most practices charge for an in-office visit. The company also has been noted for its blood analyzer that was invented by NASA and is used on Air Force One.
Telemedicine has been a core component of our services, which puts the company in a good position to be a resource right now, he said.
Michel said Catapult’s own team members are doing well and are excited to be part of the solution in this time of crisis. Because so many worksites are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Catapult’s team is providing help through a special hotline.
“Two weeks ago, Catapult made its nurse practitioners available by phone to many of our patients across Texas,” he said. “Today, our telemedicine services are now available to more than 300,000 additional employees statewide.”
In addition, the company also is making courtesy calls to patients who have previously shown signs of clinical depression or suicidal ideation and are offering support, according to the company.
Michel says Evive allowed Catapult’s nurse practitioners to have immediate access to its database, which meant timely referrals for its patients who had symptoms or had been exposed to COVID-19.
“As we work diligently to help patients impacted by this pandemic, testing for the virus is critically important,” Michel said. “Our partnership with Evive is helping our care teams, including our nurse practitioners, make sure they have the latest information about test sites where patients who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms can be sent.”
Evive, which is a communications and benefits engagement platform, is driven by a mission to get people the right information when they need it.
And with COVID-19, in particular, “time is of the essence,” Prashant Srivastava, CEO of Evive, said. “As the virus spreads rapidly, the need to get resources like Evive. Care to symptomatic people looking for COVID-19 testing sites becomes more critical.”
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