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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.

Activity Mission

The mission of IIU is to study, prototype, and test new and innovative technology-based tools and resources to maximize their effect on public health. IIU's resources are available to both CDC and its partners in the public health community.

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Tom Savel, MD; Director

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Thomas 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.


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