PDMP & Data Surveillance
In light of the rapidly evolving overdose epidemic, new strategies are needed to identify at-risk communities and utilize resources more effectively to curb overdose deaths. Data dashboarding offers a means of leveraging existing surveillance data to increase understanding of the crisis, deploy resources equitably and efficiently, particularly in context of emerging outbreaks. This session will demonstrate a state-level and county-level effort to create an opioid surveillance dashboard that comprehensively tracks cross-discipline outcome measures to evaluate interventions.
From the state level, participants will learn about the interactive, publicly available, data-focused website, www.PreventOverdose.RI.org, which was developed in 2016 by Brown University. The data overdose “dashboard” uses innovative data visualizations to deliver current epidemiological data on overdose in Rhode Island to community organizations, health professionals, and policymakers. The dashboard displays multiple datasets in near real-time, thanks to strong collaborations and key partnerships among state agencies and Brown University. By making data accessible, the dashboard has become a key tool for informing policy for decision-making for a wide audience.
From the county level, representatives of Hampshire HOPE from the City of Northampton, Massachusetts, will explain how they are developing a comprehensive, customized database system that integrates the activities of multiple agencies and data sources. The project is designed to facilitate and track their efforts to address the opioid crisis. Modeled after Rhode Island, it is an example of how a large-scale database can be adapted to meet programmatic and local needs. In addition to data surveillance, this dashboard is the key method of cross-municipality, multi-agency communication for the Drug Addiction and Recovery Team, a county-wide post-overdose outreach intervention.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB,* GA Post.
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.