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Regenstrief to Create Indiana Addictions Data Commons

February 9, 2018
by David Raths
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Goal is to streamline the standardization, integration and circulation of critical health data

As part of Indiana University’s $50 million commitment to address the opioid crisis, the Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Institute will develop an Indiana Addictions Data Commons to ensure that healthcare systems, law enforcement and public health professionals have access to a single source of data about the opioid addictions crisis.

The Data Commons will streamline the standardization, integration and circulation of critical health data, including key environmental, behavioral, community and other valuable data that are not routinely collected by health care systems.

"We can't solve this crisis without having a constant and reliable finger on its pulse," said Peter Embi, M.D., president and CEO of the Regenstrief Institute, in a prepared statement. "By working with our partners to aggregate the relevant clinical and community-level data and enable access via a comprehensive research hub, the Indiana Addictions Data Commons will provide the critical insights we need to better understand and address this epidemic for all Hoosiers."

The Data Commons is just one of 16 grant projects that feature collaborative teams of faculty members, researchers, community organizations and cross-sector partners. Together, the projects will address all five focus areas of the statewide initiative: ground-level data collection and analysis; training and education; policy analysis and development; addictions science; and community and workforce development.

 

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