Data Modernization Initiative
Data saves lives. Better data saves more lives.
“At CDC and throughout public health, we are in a pivotal moment for data and surveillance — one marked by opportunities, challenges, and the need for change.”
Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, CDC Director
The ultimate goal of CDC’s Data Modernization Initiative (DMI) is to get better, faster, actionable insights for decision-making at all levels of public health.
Our vision is to create one public health community that can engage robustly with healthcare, communicate meaningfully with the public, improve health equity, and have the means to protect and promote health.
DMI is a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar effort to modernize data across the federal and state public health landscape.
DMI lays out five key priorities that will strengthen and unify critical public health data across our nation to better serve the American people.
DMI is the first-ever unified approach for modernizing public health, and this unity is essential.
Data modernization has given us the chance to connect in different and better ways than before. We’re gaining insight through the Consortium for Data Modernization, as well as taking action in partnership with federal agencies, national organizations, and state, tribal, local and territorial health departments.
CDC and our partners are strengthening public health to protect our nation from known and unforeseen threats.
The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally changed expectations for public health, especially the speed at which we deliver credible health information.
Read our stories of surveillance and data in action to learn more about our innovative work, programs, collaborations, and people driving surveillance and data at CDC … and beyond.
CDC is working with the U.S. Digital Service (USDS) to strengthen data quality and information technology systems in state and local health departments.
We are taking action toward more equitable public health by making data more complete, higher quality, more accessible, and more representative of all people.
Public health relies on the right policies, strategies, and investments to get data where it needs to go to protect health.