Mansi Bhat ’18 (M.S. – information systems) was honored at the Teradata Analytics University Challenge in Las Vegas earlier this fall for her research study, “Analytics Approach to Combating the Opioid Epidemic in USA,” which uses publicly available data to understand and address the rising death toll from prescription drug abuse.
When Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College Information Systems and Decision Sciences (ISDS) graduate student Mansi Bhat ’18 learned that 115 people die each day from prescription opioid overdoses, she wanted to use her skills in data analytics to better understand and address this crisis. The victims represent all demographics of society, from globally-recognized pop stars to underprivileged residents of America’s cities and rural areas, with a combined economic impact of $78 billion to the U.S. economy.
“A case that particularly caught my attention was Prince’s doctor, who was sued for failing to appropriately evaluate, diagnose, treat and counsel the famed musician for his recognizable opioid addiction, and further failing to take appropriate and reasonable steps to prevent the foreseeably fatal result of that addiction,” she says.
Working in conjunction with ISDS Professor Rahul Bhaskar and fellow graduate student Guillermo Hernandez ’19, Bhat’s study, “Analytics Approach to Combating the Opioid Epidemic in USA,” was a winner at the Teradata Analytics University Challenge in Las Vegas, which reviewed more than 60 submissions from around the world. Bhat’s paper received the Best Use of Analytics and Visualization award for her use of advanced analytics and machine-learning algorithms to produce visual insights. Read More