In 2015, 12.5M people abused opioids and enough were prescribed for every American to be medicated around the clock for 3 weeks. Opioids are synthetic drugs that are similar to opiates with trade names of Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin and Fentanyl. In 2013, $78.5B was needlessly lost due to opioid abuse. In the short time you read this abstract, 4 people will have died from causes related to opioid abuse. We are teetering on the edge of declaring this an emergency on the Ebola or Zika level. Appealing actions such as tracking over-prescribers or pushing more Medicaid money for addiction clinics are obvious reactions. But these do not address the root cause nor help the providers in the trenches where care decisions are being made. The issues are complex – patients need pain relief for quality of life and doctors want to treat the ill quickly and effectively.
Where Aplacare Comes in
Aplacare’s enterprise clinical informatics platform is built to automate care management, enable providers to relieve pain, and empower patients to live fuller lives without being overcome by addiction. Aplacare meets CDC’s IT solution goals for combating opioid abuse. Aplacare's use of an AI framework to predict substance use disorder, increasing treatment success and reducing unmet treatment needs.