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Google Technology Enters Ohio Treatment Center

If you’ve been following the news, then you’re probably aware that the state of Ohio has been one of the hardest hit regions from the opioid crisis. Overdoses and dependency issues are reaching extremely elevated heights, which may be part of the reason that the tech giant Google wants to lend a hand.

In a story coming out of local outlet WYSO, it was announced that Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is offering some tech to a Dayton-based treatment facility.

The center, labeled OneFifteen, is one of the more high-profile recovery locations in the state. It was launched with support from several Dayton-based hospital groups, such as Premier Health and the Kettering Health Network.

Alphabet has brought its health and science arm, Verily, on board to lead innovation. According to a recent press release about their involvement, it sounds like analytics and data collection will be a crucial part of the process.

Helen Jones-Kelley, a OneFifteen representative who spoke with WYSO, explained just how exciting the Verily partnership is. The goal, of course, would be to curb the level of overall addictions and overdoses.

“Alphabet and Verily obviously have technology that the rest of us don’t have,” Jones-Kelley told the site. “So that is the thing that then takes us, with the success we’ve had with our overdose action team, now we can take that work to the next level because there’s a level of technology that supports everything that they do.”

Certain areas have already been called out as focal points for Verily. Efficiency, for example, will be examined very closely when it comes to treatment. Issues like admission wait time, length of stay and detox calendaring will reportedly be part of the research.

OneFifteen will also make sure everyone involved has the space and resources to do top notch work. The campus itself is roughly 5 acres big and the facility includes a crisis-stabilization center and 32 inpatient beds. Dorm-style recovery housing is also being built, as well as a job training center to help with the alumni programs.

The entire operation is so high profile, in fact, that Dayton mayor Nan Whaley is actively involved.

“Dayton has been at the epicenter of our national addiction crisis, and we have worked to share what we’ve learned through that experience with other communities,” Whaley told the press. “OneFifteen’s focus on continuously learning how to improve addiction treatment aligns closely with our community’s innovative and collaborative approach to this issue. I am thrilled to welcome OneFifteen to Dayton to join our robust ecosystem of partners tackling opioid addiction.”