For two years running, West Virginia’s Cabell County averaged five opioid overdoses per day — until it turned to big data. Thanks to patient-tracking technology Cordata, which nudges first responders to proactively check on at-risk users, overdoses plummeted by 40 percent in 2018, OZY reports. The cloud-based platform also collects hard data, like average patient age, that could help experts fight the epidemic.
Is tech the sole savior? Even Cordata CEO Gary Winzenread concedes the efficacy of his company’s platform has gotten a boost from increased awareness about opioid abuse and addiction treatment programs.