A complex problem requiring diverse perspectives

In December, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a National Opioid Summit in conjunction with a Stanford Medicine X-led design workshop and codeathon.

From 1999 to 2013, the rate for drug poisoning deaths involving opioid analgesics nearly quadrupled. Deaths related to heroin abuse have also increased sharply since 2010, with a 39 percent increase between 2012 and 2013. This results in more than 78 Americans dying every day from an opioid overdose. In 2014, more than 10 million people in the United States reported using prescription opioids for nonmedical reasons.
At the same time, close to 2 million people older than 12 years met diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder involving prescription opioids. This data underscores a remarkably complex issue that involves a broad range of stakeholders, from patients, providers, to health care delivery network, and beyond. Complex problems require nuanced solutions that have considered a broad range of stakeholder perspectives.

Harnessing the Power of Data in opioids

Data is everywhere, it permeates every point in our health care system and our communities. How might data help solve the opioid problems facing America’s communities?

  • MEDICAL RESEARCH: How might HHS data fuel new insights into medical treatments and clinical trials for opioid addiction?

  • DAILY LIFE: How might data, online services, and devices drive better ways to guide care and services to those needing treatment?

  • THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE: Can data and new ways to interpret it, such as machine learning, help drive engagement and identify those at risk of addiction?

  • PREDICTION AND PREVENTION: How might existing health data be used in ethical ways to allow clinicians to build better predictive models so they can work as partners with their patients to more effectively anticipate and treat their pain?

  • DATA SHARING AND SECURITY: Data is often locked in proprietary systems or privacy concerns prevent effective sharing. How might new technologies like Blockchain help improve trust and security when sharing and analyzing opioid data?

  • POLICY AND LEGISLATION: How might government and communities work together to create a regulatory environment that encourages data-driven solution creation for opioid problems?

  • COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENT: How might data be used to help drive initiatives that aid communities in improving support, outreach and prevention to those at-risk or dealing with opioid addiction?

  • SKILLS AND TRAINING: How might we address better training and skill transfer to both caregivers and clinicians in data literacy so opioid health data can not only be collected and stored, but fully leveraged by everyone?

Opioids in America


Stanford Medicine X has been invited by HHS CTO Bruce D. Greenstein to convene a design workshop at the upcoming National Opioid Code-a-thon to create a set of human-centered design principles that will help guide efforts to use government data to craft solutions to problems facing our communities.

Medicine X will be convening an Everyone Included™ group of diverse stakeholders to help define principles that respect and value the opinions and needs of multiple stakeholders around the challenges of opioids in America.


Ashley Elliott
Recovering Addict, Psychology Major, Scholar, Artist. Ashley is a honors student currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in counseling and addictions.
Frank Lee, MD
Director of Regenerative Medicine, Pain Management Institute, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Joe Riffe, EMT
Emergency Medical Technician, Madison County EMS


Larry Chu, MD
Larry is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University and Executive Director of Medicine X.

Nick Dawson, MHA
Nick is the Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Sibley Innovation Hub. He is a proponent of human-centered design in healthcare.

Justin Lai, MPH
Justin is a program development and health care design associate with Stanford Medicine X and most recently worked on a patient-partnership in CME.

Monika Wittig
Monika is an internationally-recognized health care designer at Inworks, an innovative initiative at UC Denver Anschutz Medical campus.

Sean Young, PhD
Sean is the Executive Director of the University of California Institute for Prediction Technology, a UCLA Professor, and the #1 Wall Street Journal and National Best-Selling author of Stick With It.



The workshop will take place at the Herbert Humphrey building. Entry requires a confirmed RSVP from Medicine X and your name must be on the HHS confirmed guest list. Please note that if you are a foreign national there is additional security clearance required. Please bring a government issued ID to enter the building.


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