Disrupting the Opioid Epidemic with Data Analytics

With a record high 33,000 U.S. opioid-related deaths in 2015—and steadily increasing numbers—the opioid epidemic is a problem that isn’t going away soon. The place to begin? Data. It’s messy, often siloed, and everyone has it in abundance. The key is to aggregate it, to derive understanding from it, and provide a comprehensive picture with which to disrupt the epidemic.

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What's Included

Harnessing the Power of Data

How do you accurately determine which initiatives are likely to be most successful, which programs are producing results, and where more resources need to be allocated? The answer lies in your data. Learn how to harness that information.

Technology Enabling Educated Action

With the right tool in place, it is possible to transform data from messy, isolated, and stale into clean, integrated, and usable with the help of specific modules developed by Resultant. Discover how technology can transform your data.

Taking the First Step

Data can be overwhelming, and without a solid focus, it can quickly and easily become unmanageable. Our strength is in our data experience. We can help guide you along the path to developing a data-driven approach to disrupting the epidemic.

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Key Facts

  • In addition to national efforts, the opioid epidemic requires a local, collaborative effort among all affected resources—from hospitals to law enforcement to social services groups. It’s a complex, multifaceted problem that’s difficult to understand, and local collaboration helps everyone combat the problem with increased awareness, extended knowledge, and a unified approach.
  • Technology is a key player in helping all involved better understand the issues and in measuring the success of local initiatives.
  • Most current approaches to combating the epidemic are reactive versus proactive—meaning agencies are best equipped to respond to a crisis situation after it occurs. Anticipating and preventing an overdose from happening in the first place may be the most effective means of addressing the bigger issue.
  • Measures including developing educational initiatives for both schools and communities, determining effective treatment center placement, establishing rehabilitation programs, identifying high-risk individuals, and instituting prescription drug monitoring programs are vital components of proactively combating the epidemic.
  • County health professionals, agencies, and groups dedicated to combatting the opioid epidemic typically collect large datasets. However, multiple issues with the data prevent it from being used to make holistic, well-informed policy decisions. Overcoming these barriers starts with the right foundation—a tool that aggregates data to enable interaction with the data.
  • Any county, city, or agency interested in exploring data-driven solutions first needs to hone in on their most pressing opioid-related issues. Then, our team can help assess which datasets can help them address their problem and analyze relevant data to begin informing future decisions.

While my research cannot speak to what percent we are underestimating, we know we are missing cases. It does seem like it is almost an iceberg of an epidemic.

Victoria Hall

Field Officer,   U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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