ODMAP FAQs

How is ODMAP working to address opioid overdoses?

ODMAP facilitates inter-agency cooperation through information sharing by providing near real-time surveillance of known and suspected overdose events. By linking first responders on scene to real-time mapping capabilities, ODMAP provides overdose surveillance data across jurisdictions to support the efforts of public safety and public health to mobilize a response to an overdose spike.

What information does ODMAP track?

Suspected overdose incident information is submitted to a central database and mapped to an approximate location, including details about the time and date. Each incident can be entered as fatal or non-fatal, and includes details about Naloxone administration.

How is ODMAP accessed?

ODMAP is a mobile tool, capable of being used in the field on any mobile device or data terminal connected to an agency CAD system.  The Washington/Baltimore HIDTA has also developed an Application Programming Interface (API) to connect and transfer information between a native data system and the ODMAP.

Who can input overdose data into ODMAP?

ODMAP capabilities include access for two types of users: Level I and Level II.

Level I users are primarily defined as law enforcement or fire/EMS providers. These users provide on scene reports of real-time overdoses.

Level II users are most often leadership from public health and safety, or data analysts. Level II access requires special permission for login credentials to access the central database and map which captures the approximate locations of the overdoses as reported by the Level I user.

Who has access to ODMAP data?

Level I users do not collect any personal identifying information on the victim, nor is the data stored in the central database.  The general public does not have access to this system.

Level II users may access data on the back end for use in developing reports and other trend analyses.

Are there HIPAA concerns with ODMAP?

As currently constituted, ODMAP, its Users, and the data shared within the Electronic Map, does not violate HIPAA.  Certain Users are covered entities under HIPAA, and the information contained within ODMAP is Protected Health Information (PHI) under HIPAA. However, HIPAA does not pose an issue to ODMAP’s operation because there are exceptions to the HIPAA Privacy Rule that support the policies and procedures of ODMAP.

Why should we use ODMAP instead of other similar services?

ODMAP greatly increases the efficiency that public health, law enforcement and other select agencies can track overdose data and therefore identify and respond to sudden increases or spikes in overdose events.

By utilizing a consistent and complimentary system to track overdoses, both fatal and non-fatal, jurisdictions can plan and prepare for real-time overdose spikes.  While localized information can be helpful, regional and national data collection enable a broad reaching mechanism for identifying and tracking overdose trends.  This information can alter and empower neighboring communities to mobilize swift public health responses capable of reducing and preventing overdose deaths.

How does ODMAP track overdose spikes?

OMDAP evaluates counties and jurisdictions in order to isolate and establish a baseline for overdose spikes within a 24-hour period. ODMAP is designed to alert Level II users when an overdose spike occurs in real time.  Level II users can receive a spike alert within their jurisdiction or surrounding jurisdictions enabling the public safety and public health community to mobilize a rapid response strategy.

Can overdose data from an existing database, such as an RMS, be pushed to ODMAP?

Yes, the ODMAP team can work with your agency to create an API.

How do I gain access to ODMAP?

In order to access OMDAP as a Level I or II user, your agency or organization must sign a teaming agreement.  You can learn more about Gaining Agency Access here.