Healthcare Professional Event July 13, 2017
Opioid Surveillance Webinar

This is the third installment of the ISDS Opioid Surveillance Webinar Series.

This third webinar will feature two separate presentations by Yushiuan Chen from the Tri-County Health Department and David Atrubin from the Florida Department of Health.

 Export to Your Calendar 7/13/2017
When: July 13, 2017
From 3 pm – 4:30 pm ET
United States
Contact: Catherine Tong
Registration link:

Presentation 1: Syndromic Surveillance Case Definition for Monitoring Opioid Related ED visits in the Colorado North Central Region (CO-NCR), State of Nebraska, and Marion County, Indiana


In Yushiuan Chen’s current capacity, she works day to day with all the pertinent parties (i.e., public health agencies, hospitals/hospital systems, and health information exchange vendors) within the Tri-County jurisdiction (Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties) and Colorado North Central Region (CO-NCR includes Tri-County, Boulder County, Denver County, Jefferson County) to ensure good communication, clear objectives, properly sequenced planning, project design, implementation and data analysis and quality control. Yushiuan manages the local and cloud based use of ESSENCE and works closely with the National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) partners and Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO). She works closely with partners across divisions and utilizes syndromic surveillance data for a variety of activities to include: outbreak monitoring, emergency preparedness and response exercises, and report and project development. These efforts ensure that CO-NCR partners utilize available syndromic surveillance data to its fullest potential in the local jurisdiction.


The goal of this ongoing collaboration is to work together to develop a standard case definition for opioid abuse/poisoning, which would then be applicable in multiple jurisdictions.

The pilot study evaluated the opioid abuse/poisoning case definition by determining the consistency of the reported Chief Complaint and Discharge Diagnosis (CC and DD) in SyS ED data.  In addition, the consistency of DD corresponding to the opioid case definition was assessed by comparing the weekly counts of opioid abuse/poisoning cases in SyS ED data to those obtained in Hospital Discharge Data (HDD).

Presentation 2: Drug Overdose Surveillance in Florida Using Death Record, Poison Control, and Emergency Department Data 


David Atrubin has managed the Florida Department of Health’s syndromic surveillance system for the last 4 years and has worked with syndromic surveillance for over 15 years. During this time, David has played a role in using SyS during Super Bowls, political conventions, post-storms, and for every day purposes. David oversees a statewide system that houses emergency department data/urgent care center data, poison control center call data, death record data, reportable disease data, and ASPR Disaster Medical Assistance Team data.


This presentation will focus on using multiple data sources housed within Florida’s syndromic surveillance system to monitor drug overdoses within the state.


Be sure to check out the other webinars in the series!

#1: Rapid surveillance of overdose morbidity: Developing case definitions, building queries, and analyzing results –

#3: Presentation by Yushiuan Chen & David Atrubin –