Technical Updates

Patching Schedule

  • December 20: NSSP vendor patches (Testing and Development) 12:00–8:00 AM ET
  • December 22: NSSP vendor patches (Onboarding and Production) 12:00–8:00 AM ET
  • January 17: NSSP vendor patches (Testing and Development) 12:00–8:00 AM ET
  • January 19: NSSP vendor patches (Onboarding and Production) 12:00–8:00 AM ET

AMC Maintenance Release Scheduled for January

Several improvements to the Access & Management Center (AMC) are tentatively scheduled for release in January 2023:

  • When deleting a user group, the tables for “My Site User Groups” and “All Public User Groups” will no longer show the deleted user group.
  • The AMC will no longer require that a Facility UUID be entered for new locations that are not currently onboarding.
  • The mortality data selection on the user profile form will only be available for sites where mortality data are available.
  • When a Data Access Rule is created with a future start date, the status will be “Suspend,” not “Draft.”
  • The AMC will no longer send duplicate email reminders when a user’s password is expiring.
  • A new view in the AMC database will be available for automated Datamart application programming interface-based access to User_Profile data.

Onboarding Updates

The NSSP onboarding team is available as a resource for staff who are helping with facility onboarding. New and refresher training can be requested for onboarding and validation by emailing or by submitting an NSSP Service Desk ticket.

Publication Updates

  • The Data Quality (DQ) Dashboard User Manual, Version 2, is scheduled to be released in January 2023 as a guide to the revamped DQ Dashboard application. The dashboard’s user interface will use grid cards to display graphical and tabular information and assist site administrators in evaluating data flow, completeness, validity, and timeliness of submitted data.
  • Two articles from the November 2022 issue of NSSP Update have been added to the Onboarding webpage:
Data Modernization Initiative

“Modernization” of our public health data and surveillance systems is one way in which CDC invests in the future of public health.

The CDC Public Health Data Modernization Initiative lays out a path to move us toward integrated systems that provide data more efficiently for public health action. This framework guides decisions for allocating resources to create interoperable systems (federal, state, local, and healthcare), coordinate investments across CDC (and with partners), develop next-generation tools (e.g., modeling, visualization, machine learning), and strengthen predictive analytics and forecasting. One objective of DMI is for syndromic surveillance to give a faster understanding of emerging health threats through electronic reporting of emergency department visits. CDC’s earlier modernization efforts laid the groundwork that supports NSSP’s current approach to surveillance and—bolstered by CDC’s Data Modernization Initiative—positions the program to better protect our country from all types of public health threats.