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.
Consortium for Data Modernization
The Consortium for Data Modernization is a group of multi-sector public health partners that inform planning, engagement, and strategies to improve and modernize public health data collection and analysis.
Community and Partner Links
Use the links below to begin exploring how modernization is working across all of public health.
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.
We are taking action toward more equitable public health by making data more complete, higher quality, more accessible, and more representative of all people.
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.
Within DMI, we are supporting a growing suite of projects and investments that are unleashing innovation, increasing data sharing and integration, and reimagining what our core surveillance systems can deliver.
CDC is working with the U.S. Digital Service (USDS) to strengthen data quality and information technology systems in state and local health departments.
Public health relies on the right policies, strategies, and investments to get data where it needs to go to protect health.