CDC Data and Message Brokering (DMB) is an enterprise system that provides data receipt, storage, parsing, validation, and transformation services for data exchange between CDC and public health partners. DMB is run by a dedicated team of Information Technology and public health professionals with extensive clinical, laboratory, and surveillance systems implementation and integration experience.
DMB's main function is to ensure that the data received by CDC from external partners, such as hospitals, RHIOs (Regional Health Information Organization), national and state labs, and state and local public health entities, conforms to the published standards and quality standards established by the consumers of data – CDC programs. Currently, the data flows through DMB from external partners to CDC only. In the future, as the need for outbound messaging (from CDC to external partners) becomes greater, DMB will be able to apply the same standards to the outgoing data.
By utilizing national and international data standards (primarily HL7), DMB enables interoperability between disparate systems or applications both inside and outside of CDC and promotes PHIN standards.
Over the course of its five year existence, DMB has been a critical component in the implementation of several critical public health initiatives and surveillance projects involving CDC and its public health partners, including BioSense, National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS), and Public Health Lab Interoperability Pilot (PHLIP), all of which currently rely on DMB for their data.
A large component of DMB's work consists of working with CDC's public health partners to ensure that the data received by CDC is quality data. DMB provides these partners with technical assistance, support, and data validation services. DMB also supports PHIN certification activities.
Currently, DMB is focusing its effort on supporting CDC's H1N1 efforts by receiving Novel Influenza A (H1N1) messages in the HL7 format.