May an overdose fatality review (OFR) team member with authorized access to the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program’s (ODMAP) National Map share ODMAP overdose spike and aggregate data trend information to provide additional context to the OFR team?
Yes. Using ODMAP in this fashion does not violate federal health information privacy laws. In addition, it is allowed under ODMAP’s policies and procedures. For example, an ODMAP user participating on an OFR team can share—with respect to the general location of the fatal overdose under review—the number of overdose incidents reported to ODMAP in the days surrounding the fatal overdose and how this number compares to the typical number of overdose incidents in that area. The OFR team in Ocean County, New Jersey, uses ODMAP information in this manner.
Do note that only authorized users at ODMAP participating agencies granted access to the National Map by the agency administrator may view the National Map’s informational dashboard. Accordingly, for ODMAP information to be used in any form by an OFR team, one or more OFR team members must have access to the National Map.