Cincinnati, OH – December 12, 2017: Cordata Healthcare Innovations, a leader in specialty care coordination and patient engagement technology, has been awarded $1.5 million in funding as part of a $10 million grant designed to promote innovative solutions to the national opioid epidemic. Cordata’s winning proposal was developed in partnership with the University of Cincinnati (UC), Interact for Health, and the regional Funders’ Response to the Heroin Epidemic (FRHE).
The Ohio Third Frontier Commission awarded the grants to seven organizations, including the Cordata-led group. The initial 44 submissions came from hospitals, universities and various medical device, software and pharmaceutical firms around Ohio, which has been hit hard by the opioid crisis, with 4,050 overdose deaths last year.
The grant will accelerate development of the Cordata software and promote further adoption among quick response teams, law enforcement and healthcare providers, so they can more easily connect people to treatment, engage and support them during recovery, monitor outcomes and identify the most effective approaches.
Data collected by the Cordata platform will also be used by researchers at UC’s Institute for Crime Science (ICS) to create more accurate predictive models for identifying individuals and neighborhoods at risk of overdoses in support of proactive prevention programs. Further, the grant will make available core correctional practice training for response teams so they can more effectively interact with individuals who resist treatment.
“We are honored and humbled to work alongside Interact and UC, who are on the front lines of this crisis every day,” said Cordata’s founder and CEO, Gary Winzenread. “Getting better technology into the hands of more quick response teams and providing more data to researchers will enable more effective and persistent outreach.”
“This technology will support on-the-ground providers and make their jobs easier, while helping Interact achieve its goal of building healthy communities,” said Kelly Firesheets, Senior Program Officer for Interact and representative of the FRHE. “By collecting more data, we will be able to get ahead of this crisis and prevent further damage by applying the most effective approaches to response and treatment.”
“The unique partnership of a private business entity, a collaborative of private funders, and a public university provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to turn research into action,” said Daniel Gerard, Operational Director of UC’s Institute of Crime Science. “I look forward to the rollout of our combined product and to seeing it save lives daily on the streets.”
About Cordata Healthcare Innovations
Cordata’s specialty care coordination platform helps healthcare organizations and community organizations more effectively treat people with complex diseases and generate better clinical and business outcomes through effective patient management and retention along complex care paths. Physicians, nurse navigators, emergency responders and community organizations rely on Cordata for timely and actionable insights. Learn more at www.cordatahealth.com
About the FRHE and Interact for Health
The regional Funders’ Response to the Heroin Epidemic (FRHE) is a collaborative group of private funders working together to address the opioid crisis in Greater Cincinnati. The FRHE is hosted by Interact for Health, a private foundation that is a catalyst for health and wellness. Interact promotes healthy living through grants, education, research, policy and engagement. Visit us at www.interactforhealth.org or the FRHE at www.interactforchange.org/frhe
About the University of Cincinnati Institute of Crime Science
Housed in the University of Cincinnati’s School of Criminal Justice, the Institute of Crime Science combines the knowledge and skill of both academic researchers and criminal justice practitioners to solve real world problems. The ICS team includes world renowned experts in criminal justice research and law enforcement professionals who are subject matter experts. Learn more at www.uc.edu/ics