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axial takeaway: R in Business

By Meridith Peratikos, Director of Enterprise Research In January, researchers and technologists across a wide range of disciplines and job sectors converged at the RStudio::conf 2019 in Austin, Texas to celebrate and learn about R, a programming language for statistical computing and graphics, as well as discuss RStudio tools that make using R for business …

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axial takeaway: The Importance of Knowing Your Data

By Lindsey Morris, Ph.D., Director of Data Science and Analytics Sin City beckons tens of thousands of technology leaders from around the world to Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) re:Invent, a quintessential, annual technology conference where AWS reveals it’s cutting-edge technology offerings for the coming year. The advancements are always presented during keynote addresses in a minimalistic yet …

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Unpacking the Machine Learning Black Box in Healthcare Applications

By May Shen, Ph.D., Research Data Scientist Machine learning models are being quickly adopted in various industry applications because of their outstanding performance compared to more traditional approaches like linear regression. However, machine learning models are also known as ‘black boxes’ because they provide little explanations for their predictions. The black-box nature of many machine learning …

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2018 in Review: Impactful Literature on Pain & Opioids

At axialHealthcare, our pain and opioid care solutions are based in and continually updated with the latest peer-reviewed evidence. In order to maintain the highest standards for our products, and the patient care they support, our experts sort through thousands of publications each year. Adding more than 100 publications to our compendium this year, we’ve …

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Medical Cannabis: Therapeutic Utility and Risks

By Louis J Czaja, PharmD, BCGP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist As America’s opioid epidemic continues to escalate, the discussion surrounding legalizing medical marijuana has been widely considered as a means to combat it. Currently, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, with 40 million people 12 years of age or older reporting …

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axial takeaway: “It’s not just biology”

By Amber Watson, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, Scientific Writer The World Health Organization defines social determinants of health (SDOH) as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age.” Examples of SDOH include economic stability, education, and social support. As the health system moves away from fee-for-service reimbursement and toward value-based care reimbursement, …

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Recent Opioid Legislation: What it means for payers

For the past 18 months, the Trump Administration and Congress have been working feverishly to continue the fight against the nation’s opioid epidemic, and the House has spent the last several weeks discussing more than 50 bills, all of which focus on advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting communities, and bolstering efforts to …

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Opioid Overdoses Adds $11B Annually to Healthcare System Spend

Despite a decrease in opioid prescribing, there were X opioid overdose deaths in 2017.  A recent industry study estimated that the total added costs to the healthcare system for patients who overdose on opioids was $11.3 billion annually, with $7.4 billion of the expense shouldered by Medicaid and Medicare programs. The study focused on 100,000 …

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Opioid, Pain & Chronic: How 3 Words Can Impact Our Solutions

In order to successfully offer clinicians and patients the highest quality pain care resources and tools, our solutions need to be informed by the latest evidence-based research. To do this, our data science and analytics team curates an extensive library of relevant literature, which is then used to define our methodology and inform capabilities like …

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