We started as a group of 6 wanting to code and make a difference. In the end, we created an application that could help save lives from the opioid epidemic.
Every year GeoDecisions sponsors and participates in the local Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, coding competition. This year the Code4PA had a very important focus – create an app to help combat Pennsylvania’s opioid addiction. There were 28 teams split between Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. It was a two-part event. Part one took place on September 22. We listened to the experts and reviewed the available data sets to be used. Then we had a month to work on our idea and present it to a panel of judges on October 20 for a chance to win one of 10 prizes.
More data sets, expert analysis, and reporting functions are needed to make this a completed product. The following is a link to the tool: POPTarT. Please remember this tool was created for this event and is still in development mode. It does not constitute a finished GeoDecisions’ product. If you are interested in making this tool a reality, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.
There is a lot of missing data that could help in this battle.
More needs to be done to connect people who have overdosed with recovery resources.
A lot more work is needed in this space.