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Information sharing, widespread collaboration on education, outcome vigilance can help curb the opioid crisis

February 15, 2019 / Beth Jones Sanborn

Between 1999 and 2016 more than 400,000 lives were lost to opioid overdoses, with another 47K lost in 2017. Roughly 40 percent of those involved a prescription opioid, said Marcia Conrad-Miller, vice-president of consulting services for CGI and Brad Schoffstall, VP of consulting for CGI's health and compliance practice. It's a crisis years in the making, that has had a devastating impact on this country. But Conrad-Miller and Schoffstall told their audience at the HIMSS19 Global Conference in Orlando that information sharing and collaboration could be key tools in curbing the crisis. From the commercial perspective, Conrad-Miller said CGI worked with their payer partners helped them thoroughly analyze their populations with a goal of reducing the use of opioids in their customers by 25 percent.