Digital Technology Solutions to Address the Opioid Crisis

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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.


ApportisDigital PlatformTo connect patients electronically to healthcare professionals during medically assisted treatment
Brave Technology CoopDigital PlatformTo enable community-based support and access to overdose prevention and response
DynamiCareDigital PlatformUsing evidence-based psychosocial treatments to help addiction patients
Opisafe.comDigital PlatformAn automated patient monitoring system integrated with opioid prescribers, toxicology labs, etc.
Relink.orgDigital PlatformTo enable people to find recovery service providers, ranging from detox to housing to employment
University HospitalsDigital PlatformFor computer-aided dispatch technology for opioid surveillance and tracking in real-time
InteraSolutionsSoftware AppTo conduct risk assessment screening
University of Wisconsin-MadisonSoftware AppTo provide a suite of tools to prevent relapse of opioid abuse
Innovative Health SolutionsMedical DeviceElectric nerve field stimulator, controlled by proprietary software, to combat withdrawal symptoms
Prapela, Inc.Medical DeviceVibrating bassinet pad to calm opioid-exposed newborns
University of AkronDetectorColor-changing surface on protective gloves to alert wearer to opioid exposure
Vuronyx TechnologiesDetectorAnalytical paper and portable device to detect presence of opioids


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