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Accurate surveillance is needed to combat the growing opioid epidemic. To investigate the potential volume of missed opioid overdoses, we compare overdose encounters identified by ICD-10-CM codes and an NLP pipeline from two different medical systems. Our results show that the NLP pipeline identified a larger percentage of OOD encounters than ICD-10-CM codes. Thus, incorporating sophisticated NLP techniques into current diagnostic methods has the potential to improve surveillance on the incidence of opioid overdoses.
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