What is SAMS?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Secure Access Management Services (SAMS) is a federal information technology (IT) system that gives authorized personnel secure access to non-public CDC applications. The SAMS partner portal is a website designed to provide centralized access to public health information and computer applications operated by the CDC. For the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Program, SAMS will provide healthcare facilities and other partners, such as state health departments and QIOs, with secure and immediate access to the NHSN application.
If you are new to NHSN, after completing the required NHSN training, you will receive an email from NHSN instructing you to review and accept the NHSN Rules of Behavior. After you accept the NHSN Rules of Behavior, you will receive an invitation to SAMS from “SAMS No-Reply (CDC)”. This is a valid and official email from CDC.
If you are an existing NHSN user and currently have an active digital certificate, the NHSN Program will reach out to you. You will receive an invitation from “SAMS No-Reply (CDC)”. This is a valid and official email from CDC. However, please note that the timing of your migration to SAMS will be based partly on your digital certificate expiration date, but also upon how many SAMS applications can be processed by CDC per day. Keep in mind that in order to access NHSN, you must have an active digital certificate or you must be “SAMified”, so you should continue to renew your digital certificate on an annual basis when you receive an email prompt to do so, until you receive an email invitation to register for SAMS.
If you are an existing NHSN user who already has access to SAMS, we will assess your current authorization access level, and if appropriate, you will receive an authorization email from SAMS stating that you gave been granted access to NHSN. If additional verification credentials are required, the NHSN Program will reach out to you.
To transition to SAMS, all existing and new NHSN users will need to:
- Receive an invitation to register for SAMS
- Complete and submit identity verification documents to CDC
- Access NHSN using SAMS credentials
For SAMS Registration Process, NHSN users will:
|1a||Log in to the SAMS application using assigned username (i.e., your current email address) and temporary password from the invite email||2 Min|
|1b||Accept the SAMS Rules of Behavior||5 Min|
|1c||Complete the SAMS Registration Form||5 Min|
|2a||Receive SAMS registration confirmation email, print the attached verification form||5 Min|
|2b||Take the Identity Verification Form to a notary public for endorsement||Varies|
|2c||Mail or fax the endorsement verification forms and supporting documents back to CDC||Varies|
|3a||Receive confirmation from CDC that forms were received (correspondence via email and US Postal Service)||Varies|
|3b||Receive welcome emails from SAMS and the NHSN Program||Varies|
|3c||Receive SAMS grid card delivered to your home address||Varies|
Need Additional Help?
Please refer to:
- SAMS Enrollment Guide [PDF – 246 KB]
- NHSN SAMS FAQ
- SAMS Partner Portal FAQ
- NHSN SAMS Beta Pilot Slideset [PDF – 1M]
Help is also available by contacting NHSN Support: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAMS Partner Portal questions can be directed to the SAMS Help Desk: email@example.com
- Page last reviewed: April 5, 2017
- Page last updated: May 23, 2017
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