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Notice to Readers: Availability of Draft of Updated Guidelines for Evaluating Surveillance Systems

A surveillance system enables ongoing collection, analysis, and dissemination of data to prevent and control disease or injury. Because all surveillance systems should be assessed periodically for their purpose and usefulness, in 1988 CDC published Guidelines for Evaluating Surveillance Systems (1). Recent developments in the electronic exchange of health data, the establishment of data-collection standards, and interest in the integration of health information and surveillance systems have resulted in the need to update CDC s guidelines (2).

After researching and discussing various issues related to public health surveillance systems, the CDC Guidelines Working Group has composed a draft of Updated Guidelines for Evaluating Surveillance Systems. A copy of this draft is available on the World-Wide Web at (user name=community; password=guidelines) or by mailing a request for a copy to CDC Guidelines Working Group, Epidemiology Program Office, Mailstop K74, 4770 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA 30341-3717. Comments about the draft of the updated guidelines should be submitted at the above Internet site or by mail by March 31, 2000.


  1. CDC. Guidelines for evaluating surveillance systems. MMWR 1988;37(no. S-5).
  2. CDC. Revising CDCís guidelines for evaluating surveillance systems. MMWR 1998;47:1083.

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