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The Opioid Data Challenge

The Opioid Data Challenge

Propose and test novel data sources and methodologies that can be combined with existing data to measure opioid overdoses in a community. Read Overview...
Overview

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The Challenge

Canada faces a growing opioid crisis. Securing data on opioid-related overdoses and harms is crucial to the design and delivery of effective interventions. And yet, timely and accurate data, particularly on non-fatal overdoses occurring in communities, remains limited.

MaRS seeks to engage innovative Canadians — people and organizations of all backgrounds and skills — to propose and test new data sets, sources and methodologies to bolster existing information and better measure opioid overdoses and harms in our communities.

 

What are the Data Gaps?

Getting information on opioid use and related overdoses is difficult. Public health organizations predominately rely on emergency or medical services information, hospitalization records and coroner and medical examiner reports. However, many opioid overdoses do not result in death, nor do they always involve an emergency or medical response. That means crucial information remains uncaptured.

Additionally, valuable secondary information related to an overdose (where and when it happened) is often missing. Such granular data is critical to the design, delivery and targeting of better interventions aimed at reducing opioid-related harms.

 

Who Should Participate?

 

What Can You Do Right Now?

Register

  • Click the “Accept Challenge” button above to register to compete in the challenge.
  • Click the “Follow the Challenge” button above to be notified of any updates.

Learn More

  • Read the complete Challenge Guidelines to familiarize yourself with the rules and submission requirements for this challenge.
  • Explore the Resources section to find documents relating to the submission.
  • Browse through the Useful Links section to become more informed on the opioid crisis.
  • Read the FAQ section to find quick answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

Share

  • Share this challenge with your friends and family or anyone who might be interested in creating the future by using the “Share” button above.

Talk to Us

  • Use the Forum section above to tell us what you think of the challenge or to ask any questions.

 

Challenge Sponsors

Lead

MaRS Discovery District - MaRS is a not-for-profit innovation hub dedicated to driving economic and social prosperity by harnessing the full potential of innovation. MaRS works with entrepreneurs and investors to launch and grow companies that have broad economic and societal impact, and convenes governments and industry stakeholders to enable widespread adoption in complex markets and systems.

 

 

Partners

Funder and Principal Partner - Public Health Agency of Canada - The Public Health Agency of Canada has been created to deliver on the Government of Canada's commitment to help protect the health and safety of all Canadians. Its activities focus on preventing chronic diseases, like cancer and heart disease, preventing injuries and responding to public health emergencies and infectious disease outbreaks.

 

Supporting Partner - Statistics Canada - Statistics Canada produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country — its population, resources, economy, society and culture. In addition to conducting a Census every five years, there are about 350 active surveys on virtually all aspects of Canadian life.  As Canada's central statistical office, Statistics Canada is legislated to serve this function for the whole of Canada and each of the provinces and territories.

 

 

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Le défi

Le Canada fait face à une crise croissante des opiacés. Il est essentiel d’obtenir des données sur les surdoses et les effets néfastes des opiacés afin de concevoir et de mettre en œuvre des interventions efficaces. Toutefois, la disponibilité de données à jour et précises, particulièrement sur les surdoses non mortelles se produisant dans les communautés, reste limitée.

MaRS encourage les Canadiens innovants (personnes et entreprises aux parcours et aux compétences variés) à soumettre et à tester de nouveaux jeux de données, de nouvelles sources et de nouvelles méthodologies afin de compléter les informations existantes et de mieux mesurer les surdoses et les effets néfastes des opiacés dans nos communautés.

 

Que sont les lacunes de données?

Il n’est pas facile d’obtenir des informations sur l’usage des opiacés et les surdoses associées. Les organismes de santé publique se basent essentiellement sur les informations fournies par les services d’urgence ou médicaux, les dossiers d’hospitalisation et les rapports des médecins légistes. Toutefois, de nombreuses surdoses d’opiacés n’entraînent pas forcément un décès et ne nécessitent pas toujours l’intervention de services d’urgence ou médicaux. Par conséquent, des informations importantes sont parfois négligées.

De plus, il manque souvent des informations secondaires précieuses concernant les surdoses (notamment le lieu et l’heure où elles se produisent). Ces données granulaires sont essentielles à la conception, à la prestation de service et au ciblage de meilleures interventions visant à réduire les effets néfastes induits par les opiacés.

 

Qui peut participer?

  • Étudiants
  • Chercheurs
  • Organismes de prestation de services de soins
  • Institutions du secteur public
  • Organisations du secteur privé
  • Organismes de réduction des méfaits
  • Grand public

 

Que pouvez-vous faire dès maintenant?

Inscription

  • Cliquez sur le bouton « Accept Challenge » pour participer au défi.
  • Cliquez sur le bouton « Follow the Challenge » ci-dessus pour recevoir les nouvelles à son sujet.

En savoir plus

  • Lisez l’intégralité des instructions du défi pour vous familiariser avec ses règles et les exigences de soumissionExplorez la section Ressources pour trouver des documents liés à la soumission ainsi que des liens utiles vers des pages Web externes.
  • Rendez-vous dans la section Questions fréquemment posées pour consulter des réponses rapides à certaines des questions les plus récurrentes.

Partager

  • Partagez ce défi avec vos amis et vos proches, ou avec quiconque qui pourrait souhaiter façonner le futur, à l’aide du bouton « Share » ci-dessus.

Nous parler

  • Utilisez la section Forum ci-dessus pour nous faire part de votre avis concernant le défi ou nous poser des questions.

 

Partenaires du défi

Partenaire principal

MaRS Discovery District - MaRS est un centre d’innovation à but non lucratif qui se consacre à favoriser la prospérité économique et sociale en exploitant le plein potentiel d’innovation. MaRS collabore avec des entrepreneurs et des investisseurs pour lancer et développer des entreprises qui ont une incidence économique et sociale importante, et rassemble les gouvernements et les intervenants des industries pour faciliter l’adoption à grande échelle de solutions dans des marchés et des systèmes complexes.

 

Partenaires

Fondateur et principal partenaire - L'Agence de la santé publique du Canada - L'Agence de la santé publique du Canada a été créée pour assurer la réalisation de la promesse du gouvernement du Canada de contribuer à protéger la santé et la sécurité de tous les Canadiennes et Canadiens. Ses activités se concentrent sur la prévention des maladies chroniques telles le cancer et les maladies cardiovasculaires, la prévention des blessures et les interventions d'urgence en santé publique et en cas d'épidémies de maladies infectieuses.

 

Partenaire de soutien - Statistique Canada - Statistique Canada produit des statistiques qui aident les Canadiens à mieux comprendre leur pays, sa population, ses ressources, son économie, sa société et sa culture. Outre le Recensement que Statistique Canada effectue tous les cinq ans, il existe environ 350 enquêtes actives sur pratiquement tous les aspects de la vie au Canada. Aux termes de la loi, Statistique Canada, organisme central de la statistique au pays, est tenu de s'acquitter de cette tâche pour l'ensemble du Canada.

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Forum 4
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Updates 13

Submission Portal Closing Tonight

Jan. 23, 2019, 5 a.m. PST by MaRS Discovery District

Dear Innovators,

 

This is your final reminder that the submission portal for The Opioid Data Challenge will be closing tonight at 11:59 PM EST! Please ensure your submission is submitted before this time.

 

Should you have any questions or issues, please post on the HeroX forum or e-mail .

 

Good luck!

Maggie Clark

Challenge Coordinator


1 Week Left To Enter The Opioid Data Challenge

Jan. 16, 2019, 9:07 a.m. PST by MaRS Discovery District

Dear Innovators,

 

The Opioid Data Challenge Phase 1 submission deadline is next Wednesday (January 23rd) at 11:59 PM EST! In the meantime, we are monitoring the HeroX forum and inbox for any last minute questions you may have, so please don’t hesitate to ask!

 

We anticipate many innovative solutions, providing real data, that will improve our measurement of opioid overdoses and harms in our communities, so don't miss your chance to enter! The submission portal will close after the deadline, so please give yourself plenty of time to hit that submit button. We look forward to your submissions next week.

 

Maggie Clark

Challenge Coordinator


Requirements for an Eligible Submission

Jan. 9, 2019, 12:55 p.m. PST by MaRS Discovery District

Dear innovators,

With less than two weeks until submissions are due I'd like to use this post to remind you of the four key requirements for your submission to be considered for the challenge. 

  1. You must meet all eligibility requirements as described under "Challenge Rules" ("Règles du Défi") on our Guidelines tab. Note: You are able to have team members who are non-Canadian residents, so long as at least one team member is a Canadian resident.
  2. The official submission must be submitted through the HeroX portal. As a registered innovator you can access the portal by clicking the orange "Begin Entry" button at the top of the page. You are able to save your answers to the questions and edit them at a later date. This portal will close after January 23, 2019 11:59 PM EST so please ensure you submit in good time.
  3. A completed Overdose Results Table (Tableau des résultats des surdoses) must be attached to your submission (this is indicated in Q5 of the submission portal).
  4. A completed Data Sources Document (Document sur les sources des données) must be attached to your submission (this is indicated in Q10 of the submission portal).

As always, should you have any questions, please post them in the Forum section of our webpage or send an e-mail to healthdatachallenge@marsdd.com


Looking forward to receiving your submissions!

Good luck,

Maggie Clark

Challenge Coordinator


3 Weeks To The Finish Line: Resources To Help You Create A Great Submission

Jan. 2, 2019, 7:56 a.m. PST by MaRS Discovery District

Happy New Year innovators!

 

There are only three weeks left to complete your submission for the Opioid Data Challenge. To help you answer any last minute questions, please review the following valuable resources located right here on Herox:

  • The Community Update titled "Important Points from Webinar #1" - this short post outlines the fundamental elements, and documents, needed for your submission. Make sure to review this  if you still have basic questions about what we are looking for in a submission.
  • The recordings for both informational webinars (available for download in the Resources tab) - Webinar #1 provides a broad overview of the Challenge as well as basic submission elements while Webinar #2 takes a deeper dive into the submission questions, as well as both the Overdose Results Table and Data Sources Document.
  • The Judging Criteria (hosted in the Guidelines tab) - this table provides insight into the value of different solution elements (e.g. accessibility of data sources, privacy, etc.).
  • The Forum - a great tool to see what fellow innovators have been asking and provides you the opportunity to pose a question yourself.

Hopefully the resources listed above are able to answer most, if not all, of the questions you have related to your submission. If you still have answered questions, please post your inquiry to the Forum or send an e-mail to

 

Good luck!

Maggie Clark

Challenge Coordinator 


Webinar 2: Recording Available for Download

Dec. 6, 2018, 8:58 a.m. PST by MaRS Discovery District

Dear Innovators,

 

If you were unable to attend our second webinar yesterday, please find a recording available for download here. The webinar covered a deep dive of the submission form questions as well as both excel documents required for your submission: the Overdose Results Table (en français ici) and Data Sources Document (en français ici).

 

Should you have any questions that were not answered by the webinar, please post them in the Forum section of our webpage or send an e-mail to healthdatachallenge@marsdd.com

 

Best,

Maggie Clark

Challenge Coordinator