Denver Medical Examiner Data Now Accessible Online

Published on May 06, 2022

Data collected from the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner (OME) is now easily accessible through new dashboards on Denvergov.org.

As Denver’s local public health agency, the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) tracks and monitors trends impacting the health and safety of Denver residents. As part of this effort, OME, a DDPHE division, collects and analyzes data related to the cause and manner of deaths reported in Denver to help address and, ultimately to reduce, the number of preventable deaths in our community.

Denver, like many other large cities across the nation, is experiencing high numbers of fatal drug overdoses and violent crime, resulting in death. Access to the data surrounding these important public health and safety issues is important to citywide efforts to address these challenges.

“Our work in DDPHE is data-driven and we use and share this type of data to assist in a variety of policy-making decisions,” said DDPHE Executive Director Bob McDonald. “Making the data widely available in a clear format is the logical next step in ensuring our community has access to important information relevant to community well-being.”

The data presented in the online dashboards reflect many types of fatalities reported to OME as required by Colorado Revised Statute and provides insight into important and emerging public health issues. Not every fatality in the City and County of Denver is required to be reported to OME. Dashboard data will be updated regularly as OME cases are finalized.

“Forensic pathology, in partnership with epidemiological research, plays a pivotal public health role in developing strategies to prevent disease and injury,” said Dr. Sterling McLaren, Denver’s chief medical officer and forensic pathologist at OME.  “Through monitoring trends in OME data, we’re able to better understand key health and safety challenges in our community and work to provide solutions.”