What are we measuring?
The Investigative Division of the Medical Examiner’s Office is tasked with gathering information regarding the medical and social history of the deceased, the events and actions leading up to the death of the deceased, and other pertinent investigative facts critical to the determination of cause and manner of death in each case. This information is reduced to writing and presented to the physicians in charge of the forensic investigation of a particular case at a daily meeting. The information obtained by the Investigators must be thorough, inclusive of all key facts and completed in a timely manner.
Why are measuring it?
Appropriate investigative information is crucial to the determination of the manner and cause of death in every case. Appropriate Investigative Reports help the physician determine the nature and degree of forensic examination required; in some cases this dismisses the need for a full autopsy. Therefore, the information contained in these reports must be available to the physicians at the morning meeting (where information on each case is exchanged) and prior to the forensic medical examinations to be held on a particular case on any given day.
How are we doing?
The number of investigative reports completed for utilization in the daily morning meeting was at 74.5 percent : below the target level of 90 percent. This fact is primarily attributable to the fact that the Investigative Division had a high number of retirements and resignations during 2017. Fewer Investigators resulted in more cases handled by each investigator and increased the time necessary to complete each individual report.