Opioid abuse takes a huge toll on human life and the problem is getting worse. Just this year, overdose from misuse of prescription or illegal opioids overtook road accidents as the most common cause of accidental death in the US. In Canada, the situation has been called a “national health crisis.”
It’s such a huge problem that tackling it was identified as a key priority by Barack Obama earlier this year, and $1.1 bn ringfenced for developing and providing solutions. Now data scientists at non-for-profit healthcare insurance providers Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (BCBST) have entered a partnership with Big Data analytics architects at Fuzzy Logix on a data-driven project that could prove to be a key part of the solution.
Author: Bernard Marr