Millions of series of zeros and ones are behind everything we do as scientific research and healthcare professionals. We’re able to process this data through dozens of different lenses, but what gets us truly excited is the growing ability to use predictive analytics to improve population health.

Venebio’s focus in predictive analytics has typically aligned with more mainstream population-health applications, but a recent article from the Wall Street Journal intrigued us with the broader public health impact that these predictive technologies are having.

In “The Rise of the Smart City,” the reporter described practical applications of this technology already being utilized:

An example of how Venebio uses predictive analytics can be found in our tool, Venebio Opioid Advisor™ (VOA). VOA identifies individuals or entire populations by risk factors for life-threatening prescription opioid-related overdose and provides the likelihood of an unintentional overdose in the next six months. VOA also supports the health care professional’s clinical decision making by providing actionable recommendations regarding interventions that are customized to each patient’s risk-factor profile.

Utilizing predictive analytics enables smarter, more effective decision making and creates efficiency and better stewardship of limited taxpayer resources (money, personnel, equipment, time).