ATIN- -07/06/08- After signing a raft of new deals with top addiction treatment centers, Brewster, NY-based Sigmund Software has emerged as probably the fastest growing of the information technology companies that speciialize in servicing the addiction treatment industry.

Since the company’s founding in 2004, Sigmund has signed 30 behavioral health and addiction treatment centers, with most of the software company’s business being concentrated in the addictions arena, according to CEO Dr. Joseph Santoro.

Sigmund got a huge leg up when it signed prestigious non-profit Caron as its first client. Recently, Sigmund has signed such top addiction centers as Texas-based Sante Center, Louisiana’s Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center and Transitions in South Florida. All told, there are now as many as 7,000 total users of Sigmund Software, which offers both a client server and ASP model to deliver the software to its clients. Santoro said that people can expect quite a few announcements in the near future of new information technology deals with some of the addcition treatment industry’s best known players.

The Sigmund Software system was originally built as an in-house IT system for SLS Health, one of the nation’s pioneering centers in developing truely integrated dual diagnosis addictions care. Seeing that there was strong demand for IT within the addictions and behavioral health industries, SLS Health principals Santoro and Al Bergman decided to commercialize the in-house system.

Betty Ford famously tried, and failed, to commercialize its in-house system in the 1990s and subsequently sold the IT company to Netsmart Technologies.

And now non-profit Valley Hope, one of the nation’s largest providers of affordable addiction treatment operating in seven states, is meeting with success as it commercializes its own in-house IT system.

In its upcoming July 2008 issue Special Report, Treatment Magazine will be exploring how companies like Valley Hope Software and newcomer Celerity are offering highly affordable IT products, helping close the IT “digital divide” between wealthy private addcition centers that can afford expensive IT and underfunded private and public centers that are unable to make big commitments for IT outlays.

Newswire Staff

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