Cincinnati, OH – May 24, 2018: Cordata Community, a leader in care coordination and patient engagement technology designed for addiction and other community health issues, is pleased to announce the beginning of an effort that includes the cooperation of more than a dozen community response teams, across four Midwestern states. This group, called the Opioid Response Intervention Network (ORIN), will define a set of best practices and data elements that accurately and completely describe and improve the progress being made in getting people with opioid use disorder (OUD) or substance use disorder (SUD) to treatment.

Having put their technology to work in this area in 2017 and now having expanded across four states, Cordata’s initial data indicated that the efficacy of these response teams varies widely. Further investigation into this variance quickly uncovered that, while the teams were all using the Cordata technology to coordinate their activities and collect key data, they did not organize their process around the same milestones. Also, where milestones were common, the definition of achievement of the milestone still varied, making the data difficult to compare.

“We know from coordinating many disease states on the Healthcare side, that the key to effective treatment is what we learn from the many trials we document and later analyze, consisting of different treatments across different acuity levels and patients,” said Cordata’s founder and CEO, Gary Winzenread. “Cordata is excited to begin the important work of creating a common understanding of the data that will allow us to define the most effective response patterns and treatments for the people in our community that are battling the disease of opioid addiction and other forms of substance use disorder.”

The organization of this team, and the future creation of a common model, is the first step in a data-driven path to determining success. It is expected that the initial model will focus on an essential set of data, the smallest set that all teams should collect to allow for the most basic analysis. This approach recognizes that the community response teams, all practicing some form of pre-arrest diversion for overdose victims, are not all well funded and most are just in the beginning stages of a coordinated response. To define the perfect data set for complex analysis would overwhelm the teams and undermine the effort. The first goal is very simple, promoting the consistent collection of an important but minimized set of data so that different approaches can be compared and analyzed. A common data dictionary and model is essential for the scientific analysis that will produce validated results in opioid response.

Cordata has stated their intention to organize and facilitate this team in this pursuit, but has no interest in owning the information, methods or intellectual property that result from the effort. “This is the type of work that requires investment to get started, but whose output should be an open source community asset,” said Laura Venerable, who will lead the model definition for Cordata.” “Progress against the current opioid epidemic, and future community health issues or different forms of substance use disorder, is a critical need in our Community in Southwest Ohio and we are well pleased to be able to participate and assist in accelerating this progress.”

About Cordata Community

Cordata Community develops and delivers innovative and intuitive technology for outreach-driven care coordination and patient engagement to address critical community health issues and improve the health of underserved and uninsured populations. Our people-centric, cloud-based software platform and mobile app connect healthcare organizations, government agencies, community groups and resources, law enforcement and other stakeholders in public and community health. Our tools are designed to address addiction and behavioral health, hepatitis C, HIV and AIDS, foster care and child services and other challenging areas. Learn more at