Development of the System for Opioid Overdose Surveillance (S.O.S.)
In 2017, the University of Michigan Injury Center, Acute Care Research Unit (ACRU) and Michigan HIDTA partnered to develop a near real-time surveillance system for fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses in Washtenaw County by linking data from emergency medical services (EMS), emergency departments (ED), and the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner’s (ME) office. Using location data, overdoses are geo-coded to identify overdose “hot-spots”. This information is available in a timely manner to public health and public safety officials, allowing for increased interventions aimed at preventing fatal and non-fatal overdoses. Accurate, timely surveillance is critical for evaluating and implementing public health interventions, as well as to see where and when more resources are needed. The next project phase aims to expand S.O.S. to additional jurisdictions.
Dr. Abir is a practicing emergency physician and health services researcher with a joint appointment at the University of Michigan and the RAND Corporation. As the director of the Acute Care Research Unit (ACRU), Dr. Abir’s research evaluates the continuum of acute care delivery in the United States, including pre-hospital, emergency, inpatient, and ambulatory care, with a focus on addressing policy-related questions pertaining to utilization, quality, efficiency, outcomes, and costs of acute care delivery in these settings. Her portfolio of funded projects includes NIH and foundation grants, and funding from state and federal government.
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