Rather than data from one-to-five years ago, the hc1 Opioid Dashboard gives a real-time window into opioid use and abuse across the nation, which allows officials and others to make far more informed decisions about where to focus help — and where the next issue is likely to arise. It can also be used to evaluate the efficacy of prevention and intervention programs, since “results” are right there to see. Further use cases include everything from identifying rashes of individual instances of abuse and emergencies, to suspicious distribution patterns (i.e. possible hot spots of corrupt prescribing practices).
Overall, it is the combination of data and technology that drives better patient outcomes in all areas of healthcare, including the diagnosis and treatment of addiction. Providers and researchers have gathered data for years and once again, technology is rising to the challenge of making that data useful in innovative ways.
While it’s unlikely we’ll see the eradication of addiction anytime soon, artificial intelligence does offer a number of important paths forward in terms of efficient treatment methods. This is a boon to anyone whose life has been impacted by the destructive force of substance abuse, and to all those who aspire to the freedom and dignity of life on the other side.