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Can big data help mothers and babies in Alabama?

By Amy Yurkanin Doctors in Alabama will become the first in the nation to get new tools to prevent prenatal exposure to prescription drugs through a program launched by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. AxialHealthcare of Tennessee partnered with the insurer to identify women at risk of opioid abuse before they become pregnant and deliver babies …

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How big data is fighting the opioid epidemic

By Paul J. Gough As the opioid epidemic turns millions of lives upside down, Dr. Hawre Jalal believes the power of mathematics will help point to solutions — and the state and health insurers agree. Jalal stands at a growing and crucial intersection between public health and public policy. He’s a medical doctor and mathematician, a specialist …

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This Nashville opioid care firm is expanding to Phoenix with plans to hire 100

By Angela Gonzales Nashville-based axialHealthcare is eyeing Tempe to open an office and hire 100 employees. CEO John Donahue has been in town this week meeting with Arizona State University and University of Arizona representatives to begin the hiring process, and also has been checking out space in the office development complex near Tempe Town Lake. On …

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Winners in the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program: Vendors Division

By Kayt Sukel and Pamela Tabar Leading officials from the winning vendor teams share their stories Innovation is taking place across the various sectors of U.S. healthcare—not only across the provider sector, but also across the vendor sector. The editors of Healthcare Informatics asked an esteemed panel of national industry leaders to evaluate submissions from dozens …

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Drug, alcohol abuse saps $2 billion from Tennessee annually — an under-the-radar impact of opioid epidemic

By Holly Fletcher Substance abuse annually costs Tennessee more than $2 billion — more than half of which is attributed to lost income from people who have fallen out of the labor market, according to an economist. The substance abuse epidemic — most notably involving opioids — raises questions about access to treatment, how to stem the illicit …

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Aiming for the root cause

By Nashville Post Magazine At a recent health care and technology conference in Nashville, Elizabeth Ann Stringer shuns success stories to pitch her company’s potential. Instead, she turns to a missed opportunity. The chief science officer at Nashville-based Axial Healthcare calls up the anonymized health information of a recently deceased 43-year-old woman from East Tennessee. …

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How treating opioid use disorder is cost effective

As the opioid crisis is declared a public health emergency and the Trump Administration’s commission on combating the opioid epidemic unveiled its final report on November 1, funding for many of the initiatives has been widely discussed because financial resources present major implementation barriers. Pain and opioid management company axialHealthcare took a different look at the financial component, specifically …

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What If Insurance Companies Stopped Covering Opioid Prescriptions?

By Bob Curley There might be a new way to fight the opioid epidemic. Encourage drug manufacturers to stop promoting the use of some prescription painkillers. In particular, those with higher dosage levels. Cigna Health Insurance has taken a step in that direction. At least with one drug. The health insurer announced earlier this month that it …

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CFO Awards: Brad Rouse

AxialHealthcare combines advanced analytics and expertise in pain management to improve the well-being of patients in pain. As CFO, Brad Rouse is responsible for traditional finance and accounting duties. What letter grade would you give the current U.S. economy, and why? “B-.” We are in the midst of the second-longest bull market and investor optimism is …

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama launches opioid partnership

By Tyler Patchen Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is partnering with axialHealthcare, a national health care company that specializes in pain management and pain management solutions in an effort to collaborate with Alabama physicians and curb the current opioid epidemic. “The health and safety of our members is our top priority, and opioid misuse …

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