Opioid Addiction

The opioid epidemic—misuse, addiction, overdose, and death—is taking a significant toll on public health, and the statistics are staggering. In 2016, more than 11.5 million Americans reported misusing prescription opioids and more than 40% of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid. This crisis is not only destroying lives, it is also having a profound impact on the nation’s economic welfare. The annual cost of misuse or abuse of opioids exceeds $78.5 billion, including the costs of health care, lost productivity, substance abuse treatment, and the criminal justice system.

While there is no simple answer, predictive analytics is playing an important role in helping to combat this crisis by accurately and efficiently identifying patients at high risk of opioid abuse and overdose—whether or not they have had a prescription for opioids. By using EMR and pharmacy data, along with social determinants of health, care management teams can determine if they need to implement targeted interventions before their patients become another opioid statistic.

Did you know, in 2016...


People misused prescription opioids


People died from overdosing on opioids


People misused prescription opioids for the first time

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Total Risk

The top 5% of all patients account for 50% of the total U.S. healthcare expenditures. Identify which patients have the highest overall risk in the next 6 months or year.

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Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations

Nearly 4.4 million hospital admissions for acute illness or worsening chronic conditions totaled $30.8 billion in hospital costs. Identify which admissions can be prevented.

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Hospital Acquired Conditions & Infections

Annually, approximately 2 million patients suffer with HAIs in the U.S., and nearly 90,000 are estimated to die. The overall direct cost hospitals incur due to HAIs is estimated to be as high as $45 billion annually.

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There were approximately 3.3 million adult 30-day all-cause hospital readmissions in the U.S. in 2011, and they were associated with about $41.3 billion in hospital costs.

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