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 Classification Status for STD Case Notifications pdf icon[PDF – 205 KB] – This document contains background and guidance on reporting case classification status for cases of STDs sent to CDC. (Updated January 2022)
Guidance for Including Information on Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV) in Chlamydia Case Notifications Provided to CDC pdf icon[PDF – 366 KB]—This document contains background and guidance on how to distinguish between LGV and non-LGV infections in chlamydia case notifications sent to CDC (Updated April 2022).
Guidance on Classifying STD Case Reports into MMWR Week pdf icon[PDF – 192 KB] – This document contains background and guidance on how jurisdictions should assign the MMWR week data element for STD case reports. (Updated February 2021)
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.
STD Information Systems
STD Information Systems Currently Available for Adoption by other States, Territories, and Project Areas
|Systems, Developers, and Points of Contact|
|Sunquest WorldCare||Sunquest Information Systems||Multiple Counties and States within the U.S. and abroad||Web-based||Communicable and chronic disease surveillance, Case management, Contact management, Outbreak management, Workflow, Electronic report management ( ELR, eICR, and EHR), and Reporting||Samir Ahmetovic, Director of Sales-Public Health email@example.com|
|PRISM HDS||Health Design Solutions (HDS), LLC||Multiple U.S. States and Cities||Web-based||Web-based Disease Surveillance, Case Management, ELR, Reporting, Workflow, Outbreak management, Special Project tracking (SET-Net, SSuN, Enhanced GC, etc.)||Mary White, Software Engineer
|PRISM-Based*||State customized versions of PRISM HDS||Multiple U.S. States||Web-based||Web-based Disease Surveillance, Case Management, ELR, Reporting, Workflow, Outbreak management||Mary White, Software Engineer
|Maven||Conduent Public Health Solutions||Multiple U.S. 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)||Pamela Schwartz, Director – Public Health Consulting
|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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Marion Anandappa (email@example.com)
|EpiTrax||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||JoDee Baker, Product Manager
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologistsexternal icon (CSTE) also maintains information regarding which electronic surveillance systems are currently being used by its members.
*PRISM-based systems are PRISM HDS databases that have been customized (by the states), reside at the state level, and are maintained by the states. All updates after the systems have been customized are handled by the states, and not Health Design Solutions, LLC
For more information on specific systems see the following brochures and websites:
AVR – Analysis, Visualization, and Reporting
CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CSELS – Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
ELR – Electronic Laboratory Reporting
GCDs – General Communicable Diseases
HAI – Healthcare-Associated Infections
HIV – Human Immune Deficiency Virus
NHSN – National Healthcare Safety Network
SET-NET – Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Mothers and Babies Network
SSuN – STD Surveillance Network
TB – Tuberculosis
STDs – Sexually Transmitted Diseases
VPDs – Vaccine Preventable Diseases
U.S. – United States