Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Surveillance Data Platform (SDP) Program works to improve public health and accelerate decision-making through collaboration that leads to

  • Improved data quality,
  • Reduced burden reporting on external partners,
  • Reduced duplication of surveillance-related activities or efforts, and
  • Enhanced efficiency of surveillance functions (e.g., cost, labor, quickness).

The Surveillance Data Platform Program manages and offers two shared services – Vocabulary Service and Content-Based Routing. Both services are intended to trim tasks and save time.

  • Vocabulary Service: accelerates the process of developing data collection instruments through transparent sharing of public health related questions and response sets. By enabling reuse, the Service helps to reduce the number of different ways that CDC asks for similar information, thereby encouraging consistency and making it easier to answer these critical questions.
  • Content-Based Routing Service: improves the ability of public health partners to make their data transfer efforts to CDC programs simpler and more efficient.

In addition, SDP provides the Surveillance Shared Services Listing as a CDC wide resource to access available surveillance shared services. The listing is an inclusive inventory of sharable services related to or supporting surveillance across CDC. CDC Programs can view what innovative solutions already exist and are available for immediate use—or reuse—to help meet the agency’s surveillance needs.

A second tool, created by SDP but supported DataVIZ SAG, is the DataViz Tool Catalog that offers a list of software and tools to meet visualization and analytic needs. DataViz Tool Catalog includes incidence data on more than 1 million cases of invasive cancer (including more than 15,000 cases among children younger than 20 years) diagnosed in each of the individual years, and mortality data from malignant cancers as recorded in the National Vital Statistics System from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

CDC plans to increase utilization of SDP’s Vocabulary Service, further explore programmatic needs for SDP’s Content-Based Routing Service, and promote the sharing of other impactful services. The SDP Program is also expanding its focus on data harmonization as a service and standards mangement and harmonization governance.

The SDP Program encourages all interested stakeholders and partners to learn more by reaching out via the Ask Questions page.

Page last reviewed: September 12, 2019