Digital Technology Solutions to Address the Opioid Crisis
Why this challenge?
“Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.”, observes the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Needless to say, the Opioid crisis calls for urgent actions, both in the US and internationally.
The State of Ohio in the US committed funds to address the Opioid crisis in Ohio, seeking technology solutions that address prevention, treatment, overdose avoidance, or overdose response. The goal of this challenge is to promote development of solutions to enable a meaningful, positive impact on the opioid crisis.
In phase 2 of this 3-phase challenge, a panel of external judges selected 12 winners who each received US$200K awards.
These 12 winners proposed solutions to enable risk addiction, to reduce effects of withdrawal, to enable access to relapse or overdose interventions, or to protect first responders from inadvertent exposure.
Nine of the twelve winners posed solutions involving digital technology.
|Apportis||Digital Platform||To connect patients electronically to healthcare professionals during medically assisted treatment|
|Brave Technology Coop||Digital Platform||To enable community-based support and access to overdose prevention and response|
|DynamiCare||Digital Platform||Using evidence-based psychosocial treatments to help addiction patients|
|Opisafe.com||Digital Platform||An automated patient monitoring system integrated with opioid prescribers, toxicology labs, etc.|
|Relink.org||Digital Platform||To enable people to find recovery service providers, ranging from detox to housing to employment|
|University Hospitals||Digital Platform||For computer-aided dispatch technology for opioid surveillance and tracking in real-time|
|InteraSolutions||Software App||To conduct risk assessment screening|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Software App||To provide a suite of tools to prevent relapse of opioid abuse|
|Innovative Health Solutions||Medical Device||Electric nerve field stimulator, controlled by proprietary software, to combat withdrawal symptoms|
|Prapela, Inc.||Medical Device||Vibrating bassinet pad to calm opioid-exposed newborns|
|University of Akron||Detector||Color-changing surface on protective gloves to alert wearer to opioid exposure|
|Vuronyx Technologies||Detector||Analytical paper and portable device to detect presence of opioids|