Optimal Runner-up in Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge

Date: January 30, 2018

The State of Ohio moved forward with an $8 million dollar technology challenge to help in addressing our nation’s opioid abuse epidemic. Ohio currently spends $1 billion annually in this battle. To help advance innovation in this area, the State launched a three-phase challenge to find solutions in “opioid abuse prevention, treatment and overdose avoidance and response.”

View a video on Ohio’s “Fighting the Good Fight.”

On January 30, five winners were selected and 20 individuals and 20 companies were awarded in the Idea Stage of the competition. Optimal was one of the 20 firms who received a $500 cash prize. For more information on the challenge, see:


​Optimal Solutions Group (Optimal) submitted its framework for assessing mobile apps in Opioid Treatment Programs. This framework, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance and Mental Health Services Administration, was the result of consulting with experts, scanning current technologies and literature while also taking in consideration user privacy, security, economic and behavioral concerns. Optimal’s goal is that organizations developing technological solutions will have a common foundation to start with in building out mobile apps.​

For more information on this project, please contact [email protected].