The opioid crisis in America has been growing like a firestorm for years and shows little sign of slowing down. A combination of pressures is fuelling the abuse of powerful painkillers and overwhelming support and health systems across the USA. A variety of connected health tools can be part of a comprehensive solution to reduce the harm caused by the misuse of these powerful drugs.
This whitepaper explores the role of apps which help patients manage their medication and track its effectiveness, connected devices which claim to provide pain relief without powerful drugs, and the role of telemedicine in expanding the availability of behavioral health interventions. As one part of a comprehensive system, connected technologies have a valuable role to play in the management of this crisis.