SDP Content-Based Routing Service FAQs

State and local health departments are busy tracking and monitoring illness, injuries, and outbreaks. Those that collect such data submit it to CDC in multiple ways through multiple disease surveillance systems. The SDP Content-Based Routing Service would cut down the work—enabling health departments to send data transmissions to a single receiving point at CDC. A shared information technology (IT) Service, working behind the scenes at CDC, will automatically examine the incoming data, and securely send it to the correct programs across CDC.

The SDP Content-Based Routing Service has four key benefits:

  • Reduces reporting burden by providing public health partners a single point of transmission of surveillance data to the CDC
  • Improves efficiency by routing a single message to multiple CDC programs
  • Standardizes data submission efforts across CDC and public health partners
  • Provides an IT foundation that can be built upon in the future to gain more efficiencies

Although originally developed for infectious disease surveillance, further development for multiple programs’ users and other types of disease surveillance needs (including chronic disease, injuries, and other conditions) is being considered.

While designed to be a general purpose Service, the initial Content-Based Routing Service will route a specific type of public health data transmissions that contains foodborne disease case notifications and other supplemental data.

The Content-Based Routing Service provides foundational capabilities for additional services (such as data transformation or message testing and validation) that can be built in subsequent phases. The Service can also be expanded by adding more users or message types.

Page last reviewed: August 8, 2019