Improving Population Health
MITRE researcher Jaya Tripathi became interested in opioids research because of experience with a relative who was prescribed the drug. She applies lessons learned in her personal life to her work.
MITRE led one of 34 projects in Massachusetts to bring together some of the foremost thinkers on opioid addiction today to discover new possibilities, create unexpected opportunities, and collaborate with Massachusetts to overcome the opioid crisis.
Researchers have developed a powerful analytical tool to predict and identify prescription drug fraud schemes involving patients, prescribers, and pharmacies.
Emergency room physicians are learning that taking the time to explain to patients why prescribing them an opioid is not the best solution doesn’t increase the length of time patients spend in the ER, nor does it compromise emergency physicians’ productivity.
The CDC estimates that more than 16,500 people die each year from overdoses involving prescription painkillers. Drug overdoses recently surpassed car crashes as a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States.
Routine visits to the pharmacy took on new meaning—personally and professionally—for MITRE’s Jaya Tripathi in 2010. The analytics expert was helping a family member recover from a skiing accident and had to pick up the same pain medication every week for almost two months.
Patients and doctors in rural locations face unique challenges. A cross-disciplinary MITRE team is conducting research to develop an innovative framework for rural health care and find solutions for rural areas.
What does cancer have in common with opioid addiction, heart disease, and diabetes? Unfortunately, numbers—very large numbers. MITRE’s Andre Quina, a specialist in open source software tools for healthcare, writes that such large figures also provide potential solutions.
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By working through these challenges together across government, public and private entities, and academia, we can solve problems for a safer world.