STD Data Management & Information Technology

Timely access to quality data is one of the backbones of an effective STD prevention and control program. The ability to accurately collect and analyze data in a timely fashion is a key part of making correct decisions regarding individual patient care and case management and, on a broader level, making effective programmatic decisions on issues such as prioritizing intervention activities and allocating scarce resources. A key part of the data collection and management process falls into the area of informatics, i.e. the use of information systems and technology to perform the critical tasks of data collection, management, and analysis. This website provides access to information and resources designed to assist state and local STD prevention programs in their use of data and information systems.


NETSS Implementation Planpdf icon – (Effective January 2018) This document contains the procedures and record layouts that must be used by state and local health departments to electronically report cases of nationally notifiable STDs to CDC via the National Electronic Telecommunication System for Surveillance (NETSS).
Summarypdf icon – A summary of the latest changes to the NETSS Implementation Guide.

Guidance on Reporting Case Status for STD Case Reports pdf icon[PDF – 177 KB] – This document contains background and guidance on reporting case status for cases of STDs sent to CDC. (Updated January 2019)

Guidance for Reporting LGV Cases as Chlamydia to CDC pdf icon[PDF – 129 KB] – This document contains background and guidance on how LGV cases should be reported to CDC. (Updated January 2019)

Guidance on Classifying STD Case Reports into MMWR Weekpdf icon – This document contains background and guidance on how jurisdictions should assign the MMWR week data element for STD case reports. (Updated January 2018)

De-Duplication Guidance for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Laboratory Reportspdf icon – This document contains background and guidance on the timeframe that jurisdictions should use to de-duplicate their gonorrhea and chlamydia laboratory reports before reporting these cases to CDC. (Updated June 2016)

National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) Modernization Initiative (NMI) – NMI is enhancing NNDSS’ ability to provide comprehensive, timely, and high quality data for public health decision making. Guidance on requirements for electronically reporting cases of nationally notifiable STDs to CDC is available, including message mapping guides (MMGs) for STDs and congenital syphilis.

Requirements for STD Information Systems

Requirements and other design-related materials are available for several existing STD Information Systems:

STD Information Systems Currently Available

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Name Developer Users Type Capability Contact
PH Worldcare Atlas Development Corporation Multiple Counties and States within the United States and abroad Web-based Comprehensive disease surveillance, outbreak management, and case management for all communicable diseases. Supports immunization workflow and syndromic surveillance. Complete ELR solution. Facilitates HAI surveillance and reporting to NHSN. Carl Hull
Michigan Disease Surveillance System Science and Technology Corporation (STC), Altarum Institute Michigan Web-based Surveillance
STD Module in development
Jim Kent, Epidemiologist
PHIMS-STD WA DOH, PHSKC Local Health Jurisdictions Web-based Surveillance, Case Management, Monitoring & Evaluation Julie Simon, MSPH
STD Epidemiologist Mark Aubin
Open Medical Record System (OpenMRS) Regenstrief Institute & Partners in Health Unknown Web-based Clinic medical records OpenMRSexternal icon
PA-NEDSS PA DOH, Deloitte Consulting LLP Pennsylvania Web-based Surveillance, Case Management, ELR, Online disease reporting, Outbreak management Steve Kowalewski (STD Program Lead)
Bob Giallo (IT Project Manager)
Maven Conduent Public Health Solutions Multiple US States and Cities Web-based Web-based disease surveillance, outbreak management across all communicable diseases (including TB, STDs, HIV, GCDs, VPDs, Cancer, Lead Poisoning, Chronic Diseases) Dahlberg Schmit, Aasa
NEDSS Base System (NBS) CDC/CSELS Multiple local and state health departments Web-Based Web-based Disease Surveillance, Case Management, ELR,  Reporting, Workflow Decision Support Michael Wodajo (
Marion Anandappa (
TriSano Community Edition and CSI TriSano Enterprise Edition Collaborative Software Initiative Multiple local and state health departments Web-based Surveillance, Case Management, Contact Management, Outbreak Management, disease-specific questionnaire development, ELR, AVR, support for all communicable diseases Kelly Usselman

Additionally, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologistsexternal icon (CSTE) also maintains information regarding electronic surveillance systems being used by its members.