Forensic Technology Center of Excellence

Introduction

Working Group on Data Exchange in Medicolegal Death Investigation

Working Group on Data Exchange in Medicolegal Death Investigation

Working Group on Data Exchange in Medicolegal Death Investigation

The National Institute of Justice and its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence convene the Working Group on Data Exchange in Medicolegal Death Investigation in collaboration with and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). This working group is a diverse assembly of medicolegal death investigation professionals and ancillary professionals working to document and provide recommendations to enhance data exchange and collection in death investigation. This Medicolegal Death Investigation-Data Exchange-Working Group (MDI-Data-WG) gains insight from medical examiners, coroners, forensic investigators, epidemiologists, public health analysts, researchers, crime laboratory directors, law enforcement, federal agencies, toxicologists, and forensic pathologists acting as members, observers, and facilitators. Specific emphasis is placed on three subcommittees:

  • Commonly Exchanged Data for Death Investigations   
  • Drug Taxonomy  
  • Forensic Science Data Integration    

The goals of this working group are to 1) document the types of data that are commonly exchanged with public health and public safety partners and determine collective usage points, 2) provide suggestions on how to improve the naming process for emerging drugs, 3) guide the drug mapping/classification process, and 4) recommend needed enhancements to the operation of exchanging forensic data with other organizations. 

 Working Group Participants:   

Micaela Ascolese *Matthew Gamette Robert Johnson Mallory O'Brian
Kate Brett *Bruce Goldberger Marquis Johnson Julie O'Donnell
Nichole Bynum Megan Grabenauer Kelly Keyes DeMia Pressley
Carri Cottengim Jason Graham Alex Krotulski Prachi Mehta
Laura Gould Kathryn Haden-Pinneri Christine Mattson Jeri Ropero-Miller
Chris Delcher Emma Hall Jonathan McGrath Frances Scott
Daniel Dye Christopher Harrison Danielle Mcleod-Henning Lindsey Thomas
*Brian Ehret Bruce Houlihan Lewis Nelson Margaret Warner
Erica Fornaro Donna Iula Chantel Nijwaji Agnes Winokur
John Fudenberg Linda Jackson Rebecca Noe Lucas Zarwell

* Designates Subcommittee Chair

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