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Insights from the Data-Based Overdose Risk Mitigation Initiative Shows Promise Using MD THINK to Support Data-Based Decision-Making

Annapolis, MDGovernor Larry Hogan today announced the launch of the Center of Excellence in Health and Human Services Analysis and Application within the Maryland Total Human-services Integrated Network (MD THINK) platform. , Maryland’s innovative cloud-based data management system.

The launch of the Center of Excellence on Health and Human Services Analytics and Application is the latest development from MD THINK and delivers on the Governor’s promise to improve data analytics to enable state agencies to provide better service to residents of the Maryland. The goal of the Center of Excellence is to leverage data from health and social service agencies to guide data-driven strategic decision-making to improve efficiency and results across governments in the States.

“In 2017, when I announced the launch of MD THINK, I recognized the need for state agencies to have access to better technology and data to support their business decisions,” Governor Hogan said. “MD THINK is a national model for using a cloud-based data system to improve the delivery of health and social services, and the creation of the Center of Excellence will take MD THINK to the next level by enabling more robust and sophisticated data analytics to inform business operations.

To demonstrate the potential of using MD THINK to support analysis, the Data-Informed Overdose Risk Mitigation (DORM) initiative leveraged the platform to complete its latest annual report, which provides overdose risk profiles based on public health and public safety datasets. The findings of this year’s report include data showing that nearly 69% of people who died of an overdose had interacted with a Maryland hospital in the six years before their death, and nearly 70% of people who died of overdose are eligible for Medicaid within one year of their death. death.

Responding to the overdose crisis continues to be a priority for the Hogan-Rutherford administration and DORM is a critical part of the state’s overall strategy to reduce overdose-related deaths.

“I am pleased to see MD THINK supporting important health priorities like DORM,” said Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford. “Findings from last year’s report informed the development of the Statewide Targeted Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act of 2022, a bill sponsored by our administration. We are pleased to see expanded information in this report’s report. year which we hope will continue to guide policy decisions.

MD THINK is the culmination of seven years of work by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and other state agencies to develop an innovative design and project plan to modernize the human services technology infrastructure and process of state customer service. Today, DHS remains the operator of MD THINK, designated to develop, maintain and operate the MD THINK Platform and portfolio business products, applications, data and services, and also remains the home of the Office of Strategic Initiatives by MD THINK.

An MD THINK Data Council has been established by DHS to develop a framework for collaboration and data curation among all state entities that collect, own, or manage health and human services data.

“Supported by MD THINK’s Master Data Management and Shared Data Repository services, the Data Council has laid the foundation for inter-agency collaboration and provided a guiding framework for global data management” , said DHS Secretary Lourdes R. Padilla. “In addition, MD THINK Data Analytics tools provided powerful and insightful analysis of candidate data which we translated into dashboards and metrics that case managers use to manage their work. The result is more streamlined services, increased engagement between state agencies and constituents, and better workforce distribution and efficiency, as well as better service delivery which thereby reduces fraud, waste and abuse, and better forecasting to help the state plan resources, budgets and time for the foreseeable future and beyond.

“Creating the Center of Excellence is an integral part of the Maryland Department of Health’s (MDH) data modernization strategy and our goal to improve efficiency and overall outcomes,” said MDH Secretary Dennis R.Schrader. “I’m excited to see how we’re leveraging MD THINK to support initiatives like DORM and the ability to replicate this framework as we modernize our state’s public health data infrastructure.”

Marianne Gibson, former Deputy Director of the Opioid Operational Command Center, will join MD THINK as Chief of Staff and Chief Business Strategy Officer to lead the Center of Excellence. The next focus of the Center of Excellence will be to develop a data use case focused on the intersection of adverse childhood experiences (ACE), bigenerational poverty and overdose risk.

Lance B. Holton