Understanding the US Opioid Crisis through Spotfire Analysis
Blog: The Tibco Blog
The opioid crisis is one of the gravest challenges the USA is facing today. For the second year in a row, life expectancy has declined. Last month, at Gartner Data and Analytics Summit in Grapevine, TX, an Analytics Bake-off was hosted where vendors were given access to a dataset related to the opioid crisis and asked to come up with insights that could be used to help better understand this pressing issue.
Using Spotfire’s unique data analysis tools, we were able to extract valuable insights such as:
- U.S. medical providers write opioid prescriptions at an alarming rate compared to other developed countries, with opioid usage 26x that of Japan
- Some providers consistently prescribe opioids at a rate above 60%, compared to the median of 29% and the average of 11%
- Medical specialties are among the highest prescribers of opioids which are arguably unfit to prescribe drugs
These insights from the opioid crisis are just one example of how data analysis can be used to empower decision makers to enact change that improves conditions around the world.
From global landmine eradication efforts to analyses of parking citations and their disproportionate impact on low-income residents of the Bay Area, organizations across the globe are leveraging the power of data visualization to find the exact information they need to make an impact.
For a better look at how TIBCO Spotfire can provide the analytical edge needed to tackle whatever challenge you’re facing, try it out today.