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 

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

Working Group Products



Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence report was provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. This work was also supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Contract Number HHSM500201200008I, Task Order Number 200-2016-F-91567).

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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