The 1Life Project is building a National Opioid Data Center as a tool to visualize the scale and growth of the opioid epidemic.
The ability to visualize and share data in real time with community responders is possible with a national tool. We live in the digital age of information, it’s time we had a data resource for our responders that could save lives.
Data helps us understand the world around us. On the lowest level of abstraction, the world about us runs in numerical sequences. The device you are reading this article on is using numbers in: software, hardware and model name. One of the reasons we are aware of the impact of the opioid crisis/epidemic is because of the numbers: overdoses, hospital admissions, and incidents. Collecting the numbers and understanding the data is how we understand the opioid epidemic in new and important ways.
What is data visualization and why is it important?
Visualizing data is a way to compartmentalize large sets of data into comprehensible charts. It is easier to communicate large datasets through an aesthetic data visualization. It is easier to overlay data for comparison and insight in a data visualization.
“If you combine the language of the eye with the language of the mind, (which is about words and numbers and concepts) you start speaking two languages simultaneously… We can use this new kind of language to alter our perspective or change our views.”
The opioid epidemic is taking claiming lives, devastating families and changing futures. The numbers are speaking, the solution to fighting and ending the opioid epidemic begins with understanding the problem. The 1Life Project is creating the lens of new perspective with the National Opioid Data Center.