About SDP Shared Services

What are Shared Services?

Industry has found that by sharing administrative, information technology, and other operational services, the result is greater cost savings and improved service delivery. CDC is developing reusable shared services that can be plugged into multiple different surveillance programs within the agency.

How is SDP bringing Shared Services to CDC?

CDC is revolutionizing the way epidemiologists and public health professionals get, transfer, and use data. The Surveillance Data Platform (SDP) is applying cutting-edge technology and industry standards to critical public health challenges—from infectious disease to chronic health conditions. SDP is a secure, cloud-based platform that centralizes and shares common information technology services needed for disease surveillance.

As one of several CDC surveillance strategy initiatives, the SDP Program seeks to improve public health outcomes by

  • Reducing variability in data received from partners,
  • Reducing duplication of surveillance-related activities and efforts, and
  • Enhancing efficiency of surveillance functions (e.g., cost, labor, quickness).

The SDP program currently offers two shared services – Vocabulary and Content-based Routing – for CDC programs to use. Additional shared services will release as they become available. When the Surveillance Data Platform is fully realized, the public health surveillance ecosystem will be newer, faster, stronger, and better.

How Sharing Advances Surveillance
Page last reviewed: March 5, 2020