The Opioid Crisis vs Data

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.

Why Data? 

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.

Data Will Help Us End The Opioid Epidemic

People in A Data Computer Lab

We are the 1Life Project, fighting the opioid epidemic with data and technology.

The 1Life Project was founded when our founder and CEO, Marisa Barbieri  lost a young man, to the opioid epidemic. As a healthcare professional with over 20 years of experience, Marisa organized her talents to propose a sustainable solution to the current crisis.

Marisa is a computer engineer with over 20 years of healthcare technology software design and development. She has been a programmer, Artificial Intelligence software engineer, hospital IT software designer and CEO of a consulting company. Marisa is also a board member of a Health Information Exchange, HealthLink NY; which appointed Marisa Architect of their  New York Data Informed Opioid task force.  Marisa put forth the idea of a NATIONAL OPIOID DATA CENTER, which was approved by the collaborative on January 23, 2018.

The National Opioid Data Center will be a platform to inform the responders fighting the opioid crisis.  Tracking the crisis near real-time will arm the teams of fighters with information so they can move into action immediately. Needless to say, a system such as this is necessary to save lives and prevent further infiltration of drugs in community areas.

With a fully responsive map displaying data from all 52 States, users can VISUALIZE and interact with data (maps, graphs, etc)

pointing at opioid epidemic data
Track the opioid epidemic on a live interactive map.

Therefore a system such as this is important, because acting fast on data is paramount to efficient crisis response. Currently, data is scattered in different systems all across the nation; The National Opioid Data Center will be the single point of access for live information. Below are a few examples of feed sources that would contribute to a multi-dimensional information tool:

  • Regional Health Information Exchanges (contains real-time discharge data from local hospitals)
  • EMR databases
  • Ground-level apps
  • High Crime database (contains information on arrests)

The 1Life Project believe that ending the opioid epidemic begins with data, technology, and analytics. Feel free to contact us for additional information about us and the National Opioid Data Center.