In an effort to help combat the nation’s worsening opioid issue, Accenture and the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland have formed a national, collaborative working group tapping expertise in government, healthcare, business and nonprofit organizations to develop data-driven solutions dedicated to treatment and prevention of opioid addiction.
Based in Cleveland, the working group will have national reach and employ a multifaceted approach to solving the opioid problem. The group initiated its efforts during a working dinner after about 75 experts from across the country met in Cleveland March 26, according to a press release.
The working group will collaborate with key stakeholders to recommend a set of actions and a technology platform to enhance the effectiveness of community services, with the goal of national distribution and contributing to reversing the unprecedented rate of addiction and related deaths, according to a press release.
“I am pleased to announce the Global Center and Accenture will launch a working group to address the opioid epidemic,” Aram Nerpouni, president and CEO, BioEnterprise, said in a statement. “Accenture is a thought-leader in this field, and with their guidance, the working group will integrate clinical and community data sources to drive evidence-based changes to our community, opioid addiction programs and services.”
Led by BioEnterprise with Accenture, G2G Consulting, and HIMSS, the recent briefing in Cleveland provided a unique opportunity for government officials, industry leaders, and innovators to convene and advance discussion of initiatives that move toward prevention and the curtailing of opioid abuse across the nation.
Michael Petersen, M.D., who leads epidemic solutions for Accenture, delivered the executive briefing keynote and gave an overview of a global survey of data-driven pilots and solutions that address the opioid crisis.
“The issue warrants a multifaceted approach that taps into the collective impact of health, government and community organizations coming together as one,” Dr. Petersen said in a statement. “Our working group will explore how to collaborate across data silos, operationalize actionable changes and deploy appropriate resources at every level to make the greatest impact to people’s lives and the communities in which they live.”
Other briefing participants represented include: The offices of Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, and Attorney General Mike Dewine; Ohio Development Services Agency; Ohio Third Frontier; The Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium (Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System, St. Vincent’s Charity Medical Center and University Hospitals); Surescripts; Appriss Health; Groups Recover Together; Self Refind; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Health Velocity Capital; Cordata; Axial Healthcare; and The Dalton Foundation.
Connected to the Huntington Convention Center and the Hilton Hotel, the Global Center is overseen by the Cuyahoga Country Convention Facilities Development Corporation (CCCFDC) and strategically led by BioEnterprise.