Problem: Because the drug landscape in Indiana changes so quickly, practitioners and policymakers must have access to real-time insight into this landscape to efficiently and effectively address addiction and the supply/demand of drugs.
Solution: To achieve this, MPH coordinated disparate data sources from several state agencies and Marion County to create a comprehensive analytical view statewide for use by the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse.
Impact: The state-wide visualization tool has been used to determine the location of new opioid treatment centers and to inform the disbursement of Naloxone (the opioid overdose reversal/blocking drug). By more effectively targeting communities with needed resources, Hoosier lives are being saved and addiction afflictions are being addressed.
Education and Workforce Development
Problem: Indiana lacked the ability to answer key questions about the education to workforce pipeline.
Solution: The Education and Workforce Development (EWD) database is a large-scale data matching initiative within MPH. This longitudinal dataset joins valuable information from disparate sources to answer key questions about Indiana's education-to-workforce pipeline. It allows educators, employers, policymakers, researchers, students, community leaders, and members of the public to access and leverage data and information not previously available.
Impact: EWD will ultimately allow stakeholders to conduct analysis of effectiveness of programs and allocation of resources tied to long-term education and workforce pipeline outcomes.
Crash Prediction Map
Problem: Indiana has a seen a growing number of crashes since 2011. Of these crashes, fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes increased 7.5% from 2014 to 2015.
Solution: A predictive mapping tool was developed by MPH for the Indiana State Police to forecast crashes based on historical crash data, weather, traffic, road conditions, time of day, and census data. The tool will assist law enforcement agencies in directing resources to anticipated areas of need and will reduce response time for first responders.
Impact: Proactive policing approaches will be targeted toward a reduction in crashes and fatalities. A reduction of one percent of all crashes could result in savings of $35M per year to the Indiana economy, while protecting Hoosier lives and wellbeing.
Problem: The Medicaid dataset is massive, complicated, and not easily accessible.
Solution: The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration's (FSSA) Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning maintains Indiana's Medicaid claims information. FSSA administers the Medicaid program, that in 2016, involved 1.4 million Medicaid members, 32,000 prescribing providers, and 47 million paid claims. Related data involves the member, provider, and claims. To support enhanced data-driven decisions in health care, FSSA and MPH have partnered to unlock this valuable Medicaid data. To protect the privacy and security of members, the data has been de-identified in accordance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
Impact: The MPH team has been contacting two groups of people, the end user of the data and organizations that have the capacity to leverage the data to drive improved health outcomes for Hoosiers.
Problem: Indiana historically has had a high infant mortality rate.
Solution: A data analytics initiative involving multiple state agencies aimed at reducing the infant mortality rate in Indiana by identifying previously misunderstood factors affecting the infant mortality rate and providing methods to address these factors.
Impact: Information from this project is being used by the State Department of Health (ISDH) in its efforts to reduce Indiana's infant mortality rate. This research and analysis was also presented to the Indiana General Assembly as it enacted legislation to address infant mortality during the 2015 legislative session.
Pharmacy Loss Analysis
Problem: The State of Indiana has the highest number of pharmacy losses in the entire nation, a loss that translates into both financial and public safety harm.
Solution: MPH coordinated the data cleanup of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency’s (PLA) pharmacy loss datasets into one comprehensive dataset, enabling the data to be viewed longitudinally by decision makers. MPH also developed several requested analyses and visualizations for PLA that better identify pharmacy loss trends.
Impact: Visualizing this data will enable PLA and the Indiana Board of Pharmacy to identify pharmacies or communities that need quick, targeted intervention. The stories revealed by the data will also be of use to leaders working to address policy questions surrounding pharmacy loss prevention.
Problem: Housing and rehabilitating offenders is expensive. Returning offenders as productive members of society positively affects the individual, communities, and government resources.
Solution: Through advanced analytics, differences in the effectiveness of programs and services and the probability of repeat criminal activity for highly specific subpopulations was tested.
Impact: This information can be used to improve decision making, program effectiveness, and efficiency both during and post-incarceration. Insight can be used to inform caseworkers on the suite of programs and services likely to be most effective to rehabilitate offenders based on his or her unique needs. Resources can be focused on subpopulations of released offenders with higher probabilities of recidivating. As recidivism risk decreases over time, resources can be more effectively reallocated.