Big Data Helps Turn Overdose Tide

After 26 heroin overdoses in a single day, Huntington, West Virginia authorities were desperate for solutions. 

They eventually turned to big data. New patient-tracking software streamlined police, medics and mental health providers and identified hot spots in need of proactive outreach. After the platform from tech firm Cordata was launched in Cabell County (home to Huntington), overdoses fell by 40% in a year.

Frontline health workers pop in data and later receive reminders to check on individuals (many of whom refused help during a first visit). A second or third visit often would encourage them to get addiction treatment.

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