Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS) (proposed)*
Informatics Research and Development Activity
Using Technology to Improve Public Health
CDC's Informatics Research and Development Activity (IRDA) advances the field of public health informatics through applied research and innovation.
IRDA engages in applied new research and development projects that support innovative public health uses of information technology. To do so, IRDA
- 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.
The mission of IRDA is to study, prototype, and test new and innovative technology-based tools and resources to maximize their effect on public health. IRDA's resources are available to both CDC and its partners in the public health community.
Tom Savel, MD; Director
Thomas G. Savel, MD, serves as director of the Informatics Research and Development Activity. 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.