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Informatics Innovation Unit

Using Technology to Improve Public Health

Activity Overview

CDC's Informatics Intergration Unit (IIU) advances the field of public health informatics through applied research and innovation.

IIU engages in applied new research and development projects that support innovative public health uses of information technology. To do so, IIU

  • provides information, consultation, and support for new informatics solutions for public health practice;
  • rapidly creates prototype tools and solutions to facilitate the testing of hypotheses; and
  • provides an optimal, flexible, and scalable environment for rapidly developing prototype public health informatics solutions for testing and evaluation.

Mission Statement

The mission of CDC’s Informatics Innovation Unit (IIU) is to improve public health through the development and/or discovery of innovative technology solutions. IIU’s goal is to facilitate cost and time savings, improve decision making, and provide creative solutions to augment public health impact.

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Tom Savel, MD; Director

Thomas G. Savel, MDThomas G. Savel, MD, serves as director of the Informatics Innovation Unit. In this role he collaborates with CDC staff and the broader public health community to originate, test, and evaluate innovative technologies and techniques that show potential to improve public health practice.