Following up on the poster presentation at ISDS 2019, Silvia R. Verdugo, MD, MPH, Mike Thompson, and Todd Stout of FirstWatch, will provide recommendations for mining EMS data to find opioid overdoses using approaches ranging from highly sensitive to very specific, depending on the need. These approaches are intended to be used by any EMS or public health agency as a starting point, or to inform their own opioid surveillance.
FirstWatch, a longtime partner with ISDS, has focused for 20 years on emergency medical services (EMS) data surveillance for public health and other purposes. EMS data (call taking, dispatch, electronic patient care records) is rich in information, but notoriously non-standardized. FirstWatch will be sharing their lessons-learned and current best practices for mining EMS data to identify opioid overdoses.
Todd Stout is the founder and President of FirstWatch, a software company focused on helping public safety and health agencies improve operational performance, clinical care and situational awareness in the USA and Canada. FirstWatch is the largest aggregator of real-time Emergency Medical Services (EMS) data in the world. He began his EMS career in 1981 as an ambulance stock boy, then worked as an EMT, Paramedic, Flight Medic and manager for both public and private EMS agencies. Since then, Todd has worked in public safety software, with the bulk of it at FirstWatch. Todd has been an active member in ISDS since 2003, serving on several committees, and was formerly chair of the External Partners committee. In addition, Todd volunteers for many professional EMS associations. He has received several International Leadership Awards and is the holder of US and International patents on syndromic surveillance.
Silvia R. Verdugo is a Clinical Solution Specialist at FirstWatch. She currently works as a clinical advisor within the FirstPass Clinical Team. She has earned an MD degree from Mexico and an MPH degree from a joint program from UCSD and the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico. Silvia has been awarded 3 postdoctoral research fellowships at UCSD where she conducted studies on Opioid Overdose, Substance Use and HIV Prevention. Before her transition into FirstWatch she worked for UCSD on a 5-year research program on an Overdose Intervention Program within deputies from a Sheriff’s Department in California. Her main research interest relies on Opioid Overdose and Opioid Overdose Intervention Programs within Emergency Medical Services.
Realizing his passion for working in public safety, Mike Thompson began his journey in the field as a campus safety dispatcher. After graduating from the University of North Dakota, he transitioned to working for Rural/Metro ambulance as a system status controller in San Diego, CA. Before going to FirstWatch, he spent some time working as a Rural/Metro transportation coordinator based at Palomar Medical Center. Mike is an EMS data expert with experience data mining in over 40 different electronic patient care report (ePCR) platforms from hundreds of agencies across the US and Canada.