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Countermeasure Inventory Tracking Dashboard

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The Need for the Countermeasure Inventory Tracking System

The Countermeasure Inventory Tracking (CIT) Dashboard is a national system used by federal and state emergency response authorities, which provides the ability to track the availability of critical medical and non-medical countermeasures within the commercial drug sector as well as state public health agencies during public health emergencies. By receiving timely data on inventory and distribution of key pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, CDC will be better prepared to ensure that critical countermeasures reach vulnerable populations during an emergency. Voluntary participation of pharmaceutical and medical equipment suppliers is essential to successful planning for events that may impact our national future.
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Objectives of Countermeasure Inventory Tracking

The primary purpose of the CIT Dashboard is to act as a situational awareness tool to assist federal and state officials with decision-making for the release of stockpiled assets. The CIT Dashboard is designed to give public health emergency managers critical information needed to partner effectively with the private sector to protect and treat the American public. Using the CIT Dashboard, public health emergency managers will have a view of the overall commercial supply chain and public sector stockpiles, including data on production, current supplies, and ability for manufacturers and distributors to meet current demand. This information will be combined with corresponding data from the Inventory Management and Tracking System (IMATS), to include federal, state and local stockpiles and vaccine supplies to provide a complete picture of countermeasures, thus enabling CDC to make more timely, accurate, and effective decisions during a major public health event.
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Operational Concept

Operational Concepts Graphic

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Program Focus

Items the CIT Dashboard tracks include pharmaceutical countermeasures, or medical interventions, for public health events. The CIT Dashboard was used during the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Influenza Event to track antivirals, N-95 respirators and surgical masks. Other medical supplies tracked by the CIT Dashboard include ventilators, masks, additional personal protective equipment (PPE), and other medical materials.
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Data Types

CDC is seeking specific data related to inventory on hand and recent distribution. These include the following:

  • Basic product information such as NDC numbers
  • Units of measure/packaging
  • Lot number and expiration date
  • Inventory data such as quantities on hand, in process/on order, and commitments
  • Distribution data, to include the receiving location and purchaser type

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Current CIT Functionality

SNS Supply Chain Dashboard

In October 2009, the CIT program developed the SNS Supply Chain Dashboard to provide visibility of the commercial supply chain and public sector stockpiles to assist decision makers at all levels in responding to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. One of the primary purposes of the dashboard is to assist federal and state officials in deciding when it is necessary to release stockpiled assets. The dashboard will provide a view of the overall supply chain to include data on production, current supplies, and ability for manufacturers and distributors to meet current demand. This will provide key information on the availability of countermeasures that can meet demand in the near future (available supply) and in the long term (production). It is important to remember that current orders likely include stockpiling at local and facility levels and are not indicative of actual countermeasure usage.

SNS Supply Chain Dashboard Version 4.2

SNS: Supply Chain Dashboard version 4.2 was released in July 2010. This version includes the following functionality:

  • Basic, national view for critical H1N1 countermeasures of antivirals and PPE
  • Data Collection for H1N1 from Manufacturers, Distributors, Retailers, Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS), and State/Project Areas via data entry on a secure web form
  • Data Visualization
  • Global Administrator Activities using secure web portal
    • Provider Maintenance
    • Dashboard User Maintenance
    • Countermeasure Maintenance
    • Provider\Countermeasure Setup
    • Provider Market Share Setup
    • Internal Report Capabilities
    • Code Table Maintenance

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Future Status of CIT

Future plans for CIT include:

  • Maintain current H1N1 DSNS Dashboard
  • Determine additional development requirements in conjunction with DSNS; possibilities include
    • All-hazard event support in tracking additional inventory
    • Increased visualization capabilities for CDC and state partners
    • Electronic data streams
    • Track inventory of Selected Priority Countermeasures in the Commercial Sector (non-vaccine)
      • Product Information
        • National Drug Code numbers and descriptions
        • Unit of measure/packaging
        • Lot number and expiration date
      • Inventory Data
        • Quantities on hand, in process/on order, commitments
      • Shipments
        • Purchase order number
        • Shipping information and status
        • Recipient identifier/type and location (zip code)
      • Situational awareness reporting and aggregate analysis reports
      • Tools to analyze, visualize, and report (AVR)
      • Ability to import/export data

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How to Participate

How will this data be transmitted to CDC?

During a public health event, pharmaceutical and medical supply manufacturers, distributors, and retailers may be asked to voluntarily contribute existing data to CDC regarding current inventory and distribution of selected products.

The following two methods of data collection are available, refer to the SNS: Supply Chain Dashboard User Guide for detailed information on data collection:

  • Send provider data in a pre-defined spreadsheet attached to an email to SNS drops the spreadsheet in the designated SDN reports folder.
  • Direct data entry of monthly and weekly data using the Dashboard Data Collection activity. This is the preferred method

Use of data is strictly governed by the terms of binding legal data share agreements (DSA), and the Trade Secrets Act.

Who will have access to the Countermeasure Inventory Tracking data?

The data are viewed by CDC personnel and CDC’s public health partners. All uses of the data and potential disclosures will be covered in a Data Sharing Agreement that CDC signs with each data source. Data are used for public health preparedness and emergency response purposes only. Competitors will never have access to data provided to CDC.
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Benefits of Participation

CDC greatly appreciates the voluntary participation of manufacturers, distributors and retailers of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies in this critical emergency preparedness and response program. Program participants will be better prepared to coordinate their own emergency response efforts with public health officials during future emergency events. Ultimately, this means faster and more effective response for the community. Participants are welcome to publicize this important partnership with CDC and their contribution to America's public health emergency readiness.
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CIT Supports Public Health

The CIT system supports Public Health in the following ways:

  • Enables CDC to make more effective decisions in regard to the release of federal medical materials
  • Gain continual situational awareness of critical medical products supply in the private sector
  • Enhanced coordination with private sector for emergency response

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Why does CDC need to track pharmaceuticals and medical materials?

The need to quickly locate and provide critical pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to responders and the public has increased significantly. CDC must be ready at all times to respond to, manage, and reduce the impact of public health emergencies.

During a public health emergency, Government response officials need to have a comprehensive picture of the assets available to make critical purchasing and distribution decisions. By receiving near real-time data on inventory and distribution of key pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, CDC will be better prepared to ensure that critical countermeasures reach vulnerable populations during an emergency.

How is this different from the Strategic National Stockpile?

The Strategic National Stockpile contains limited quantities of critical pharmaceuticals and supplies specific to dealing with the top national planning scenarios, including category A agents and pandemic influenza.

How will CIT data be used?

CIT data will provide critical information for situational awareness and emergency response to a natural disaster, pandemic flu, or bioterrorism attack. Public health decision makers will use the private sector information, in concert with information available from the Strategic National Stockpile and state and local public health sources, to plan appropriate and timely public health interventions. During a public health emergency, decision-makers will be able to monitor the available inventory and location of medical countermeasures within the supply chain, and current distribution to affected areas, to ensure that appropriate countermeasures reach vulnerable populations.

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What legal protections and security controls are available to protect the confidentiality of the data and to prevent unauthorized users?

CDC is sensitive to concerns over issues of privacy and confidentiality and has taken precautions to ensure all data are transmitted and stored securely. As a critical information system, CIT must comply with many federal laws and regulations including the Privacy Act of 1974, Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA), E-Government Act of 2002, and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12). Compliance with these laws and regulations is enforced by CDC security mechanisms such as the Secure Access Management Services (SAMS). SAMS includes user identity management and authentication and authorization controls to ensure data can only be accessed or modified by approved users.

What is being done to ensure the security of the data transmissions?

As a government agency, CDC is bound by federal law that dictates specific information security rules and processes that must be followed. In accordance with federal requirements, CDC has implemented safeguards included in the SAMS authentication and authorization process to protect the data in its possession and the people and organizations that this information represents.

Data transmissions between individual data sources and CDC are encrypted and secure. For CIT, these connections are browser-based and are easily identified by the prefix “https” in the application URL. In addition, CIT utilizes SAMS for electronic authentication. SAMS is an access management system designed to provide secure access to applications within the CDC environment. SAMS functions as the “front door” authentication gateway to CIT as well as the other Countermeasure Tracking Systems (CTS) applications. It is the next generation replacement for CDC’s legacy Secure Data Network (SDN) portal and does not use digital certificates.

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How do I get started with CIT?

Because of security requirements based on the sensitive nature of the information accessed, users are required to complete the Secure Access Management Services (SAMS) authentication and authorization process to use CIT. Email to register in SAMS and complete this process, or for more information.

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Supporting Information

SNS Supply Chain Dashboard – Quick Reference Guides

System Requirements
System Requirements Text

Weekly SNS Data
Weekly SNS Data (Text Only)

Weekly Data for Manufacturers
Weekly Data for Manufacturers (text only)

Monthly Data for Manufacturers
Monthly Data for Manufacturers (text only)

Weekly Data for Distributors
Weekly Data for Distributors (text only)

Weekly Data for Retailers
Weekly Data for Retailers (text only)

Weekly Data for Project Area and State Stockpiles
Weekly Data for Project Area and State Stockpiles (text only)

Viewing Report
Viewing Report (text only)


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