Massive data eliminates opioids from the street and allows more people to benefit from effective treatment



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If we could combine drug overdoses with the results of prevention and treatment programs, we could deal with the $ 1 trillion opioid crisis in the United States. It's called "The Science of the Place" and it's one of the most fascinating demos I've seen at the recent Annual SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Conference. Dennis Jarrad, Solution Engineer at Esri, explained how the Esri Opioid Response Dashboard dashboard worked SAP HANA and using SAP predictive analytics, was designed to help communities cope with this devastating problem.

Community agencies can use Big Data to save lives in the opioid crisis.

Community agencies can use Big Data to save lives in the opioid crisis.Shutterstock

"We can take data and analyze it in context to see trends," Jarrad said. "It all starts with answering the basic questions of where. Where is the problem? Where can we allocate a resource? All of these questions help us forge a deeper and more contextual understanding of the situation. "

Get to why

Of course, solve the opioid crisis It's not as simple as understanding where the problems exist. Health care providers and policymakers need to understand why drug problems arise. Taking the opioid epidemic in the US as an example, Jarrad showed how the Esri ArcGIS dashboard gathered real-time information from various locations, including counties with the highest drug activity, the number of requests for prescription of opioids and the number of deaths. Colored "story cards" in the simulated example display geographic trends on the dashboard, revealing key clues for decision makers.

"We can see that even though the death toll is highest in the Appalachians, there is a surge in the Pacific Northwest," Jarrad said. "Taking these large data sets reveals trends that could be overlooked on a spreadsheet."

Communication and empathy

In the hands of first responders, social service providers, treatment centers and other health and safety agencies, the dashboard is becoming an important collaborative tool. They can determine where overdose activity is growing according to geography, by correlating demographic data such as age. Adding these data on the most effective treatments allows communities to offer more effective options faster. Public servants may decide to reorganize prevention programs based on what works and what does not work. Jarrad also hopes that the technology will help overcome the prejudices surrounding getting help.

"Many people have not been able to reach out and get help with their drug problems, and we started our approach by creating empathy," Jarrad said. "Our crowdsourcing model helps to give a face to the problem. It's a way for families to share their grief. "

Take opioids out of the street

The innovative technology behind Esri's solution contradicts its simple and sensible principle: first, educate people about the extent of the drug problem, then promote, administer and monitor the treatment options that work best . Jarrod's demo showed how a country uses dashboard information to motivate people to get treated, prevent overdoses, and measure response rates. Easy-to-use apps helped citizens locate nearby drug depots and choose treatments and pain management solutions, along with directions to the nearest health center. Information from these applications is also essential for vendors.

"Many pharmacies are finding that the ability to file prescription drugs helps to get these drugs. off the streets, "he said. "They can see where these deposits are. The introduction of this information into the back-end system allows providers to see results and understand trends to target more resources. "

Science of Where could give communities a competitive edge and win the battle against opioid addiction. It is a public health emergency that we all need to resolve.

This blog has also appeared on the SAP news center.

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If we could combine drug overdoses with the results of prevention and treatment programs, we could deal with the $ 1 trillion opioid crisis in the United States. It's called "The Science of the Place" and it's one of the most fascinating demonstrations I've seen at the recent SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG annual conference. Dennis Jarrad, solution engineer at Esri, explained how the Esio Opioid response dashboard, running SAP HANA and using SAP Predictive Analytics, was designed to help communities solve this devastating problem.

Community agencies can use Big Data to save lives in the opioid crisis.

Community agencies can use Big Data to save lives in the opioid crisis.Shutterstock

"We can take data and analyze it in context to see trends," Jarrad said. "It all starts with answering the basic questions of where. Where is the problem? Where can we allocate a resource? All of these questions help us forge a deeper and more contextual understanding of the situation. "

Get to why

Of course, solving the opioid crisis is not as simple as understanding where the problems exist. Health care providers and policymakers need to understand why drug problems arise. Taking the opioid epidemic in the US as an example, Jarrad showed how the Esri ArcGIS dashboard gathered real-time information from various locations, including counties with the highest drug activity, the number of requests for prescription of opioids and the number of deaths. Colored "story cards" in the simulated example display geographic trends on the dashboard, revealing key clues for decision makers.

"We can see that even though the death toll is highest in the Appalachians, there is a surge in the Pacific Northwest," Jarrad said. "Taking these large data sets reveals trends that could be overlooked on a spreadsheet."

Communication and empathy

In the hands of first responders, social service providers, treatment centers and other health and safety agencies, the dashboard is becoming an important collaborative tool. They can determine where overdose activity is growing according to geography, by correlating demographic data such as age. Adding these data on the most effective treatments allows communities to offer more effective options faster. Public servants may decide to reorganize prevention programs based on what works and what does not work. Jarrad also hopes that the technology will help overcome the prejudices surrounding getting help.

"Many people have not been able to reach out and get help with their drug problems, and we started our approach by creating empathy," Jarrad said. "Our crowdsourcing model helps to give a face to the problem. It's a way for families to share their grief. "

Take opioids out of the street

The innovative technology behind Esri's solution contradicts its simple and sensible principle: first, educate people about the extent of the drug problem, then promote, administer and monitor the treatment options that work best . Jarrod's demo showed how a country uses dashboard information to motivate people to get treated, prevent overdoses, and measure response rates. Easy-to-use apps helped citizens locate nearby drug drop-off locations and select treatments and pain management solutions, along with directions to the nearest health center. Information from these applications is also essential for vendors.

"Many pharmacies are finding that the ability to deliver prescription drugs helps these people [drugs] off the streets, "he said. "They can see where these deposits are. The introduction of this information into the back-end system allows providers to see results and understand trends to target more resources. "

Science of Where could give communities a competitive edge and win the battle against opioid addiction. It is a public health emergency that we all need to resolve.

This blog has also appeared on the SAP news center.

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