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How an Algorithm is Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

Workplace injuries are a primary cause of opioid prescriptions so Travelers Insurance – which is the largest Workers’ Compensation carrier – developed a system called the Early Severity Predictor, an algorithm-based model to predict which injured employees are at high risk of chronic pain, a condition that can lead to potential long-term opioid dependency.

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