How NBS Makes an Impact

NBS has been helping to improve public health outcomes for more than a decade. Since the system was launched in 2003, the following has occurred:

  • State and local public health agencies receive reportable disease information for investigation and follow-up more quickly; this may result in decreases in disease spread.
  • Public health staff are able to manage information more efficiently, allowing more time for investigation and prevention activities.
  • Standardized data are available to inform public health activities, identify disparities, and evaluate the effectiveness of public health programs.
  • CDC has received more than 700,000 Nationally Notifiable Disease (NND) case notification electronic messages generated by jurisdictions using NBS, resulting in timely available data for CDC programs to use to make informed public health decisions.