August 14, 2018

The Opioid Crisis: Does health tech have a role to play?

Commentary
Tom Parsons

The opioid crisis in the US is known to all in the health industry and beyond because of the amount of lives it has impacted. Drug overdose deaths likely exceeded 59,000 in 2016 according to data recorded by the New York Times. Many from our community have been discussing potential ways healthcare technology could play a role in tackling this epidemic.

We decided to launch a Task Force to gain a better perspective of the problem and potential technology enabled solutions from a multitude of stakeholders. To date we have heard from three different stakeholders who shared their insights on the opioid crisis.

We would love to hear from you about others who should participate in this Task Force based on their efforts to leverage technology to solve problems related to this epidemic. Send your suggestions to tom@healthxl.org.

Key Takeaways

Below are key take aways from the responses we have received to date, as well as two highlighted startups who have already announced that they are attempting to leverage technology to address this epidemic.

Q1. What technologies do you believe could have the biggest impact on reducing the overprescription and dependency on opioids? Please provide context as to the reason for highlighting these technologies.

Q2. What do you believe to be the barriers to the universal adoption of such technologies for your stakeholder group?

Q3. Please provide insight as to the magnitude of the problem as you experience it in your work setting?

We would love to hear your thoughts on these key takeaways as well as other questions you would have asked the experts involved in this Task Force.

Startup Solutions Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Some trailblazers are setting the tone. Earlier this year a MobiHealthNews article highlighted a number of startup solutions addressing the opioid crisis. We highlighted the two we thought to be most interesting.

We will be announcing a collaboration with one of our health system partners soon to assist in the generation of more potential solutions to address this giant problem. Watch this space.

What can a Task Force do for you?

Equip you with the perspective of key stakeholders to make more informed decisions about a problem area of strategic importance to your organization.

Email taskforce@healthxl.org to learn more.