In a public health crisis, data analytics can be a lifesaver

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July 15, 2020

In a public health crisis, data analytics can be a lifesaver

The Commonwealth of Virginia’s data-driven initiative to fight opioids

Written by Jake Bittner

Today, many states are fighting two different battles, both of which are costing thousands of lives. On one front, there’s the opioid epidemic, which some say may be worse than we originally thought. On another front, a new enemy emerged this year in the form of COVID-19, a pandemic the likes of which we haven’t seen in generations, if ever.

When it comes to combating each of these crises, data-driven knowledge is power. Just as data analytics provides first responders and government agencies with real, life-saving results in the fight against the opioid epidemic, data is being used to improve the response to and recovery from COVID-19.

Virginia is applying the same data sharing and analytics strategies and infrastructure that it uses to address the opioid epidemic to inform its COVID-19 response.