MIDS Capstone Project Summer 2019

Opioid Misuse Risk Tool (OMR-Tool)

Over the past decade, rates of opioid dependence and overdose have risen to an all-time high. In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses--an average of over 130 people per day. It is estimated that prescription opioid misuse costs the United States $78.5 billion a year in lost productivity, health care, addiction treatment, and criminal justice.

Many opioid addictions begin with prescription painkillers. The Opioid Misuse Risk Tool is an interpretable, data-driven tool to help doctors determine patients' individual risk of misusing opioids.

Our team leveraged sophisticated and predictive machine learning modeling techniques to create a tool that produces quick and easy to interpret personalized patient reports for busy medical professionals.

The report results from the OMR-Tool are not diagnostic. When a physician is considering prescribing opioids to a patient for short or long-term pain, they can refer to the tool’s output, which contains the patient’s risk of opioid misuse based on a trusted dataset with over 50,000 subjects. The doctor will use their knowledge of the patient along with the OMR report to determine the best pain management plan for the patient, as well as to introduce the concept of opioid risk to the patient using real numbers and personal information.

Last updated:

August 6, 2019