Building the Right Foundation
For the first time, DMI is providing a unified foundation for public health data that is both resourced and comprehensive.
Through this priority, we are improving data collection, analysis, and sharing at CDC and across a set of core public health data sources that are used for all diseases and conditions.
Real-Time Data Collection: We are creating new pathways for surveillance data to flow seamlessly between jurisdictions and CDC, collecting more demographic data, and increasing the number of laboratories and health departments who are connected.
During the COVID-19 response, we have grown our capabilities to respond to any health threat.
Cloud-Based Services: We are moving more of CDC’s data securely into the cloud to streamline the way we process, store, visualize, and share it.
Automation: We are automating more data from critical sources like electronic health records and death certificates to allow hospitals and other data providers to begin “turning off their fax machines.”
State and Local Capabilities: We are answering state, tribal, local, and territorial needs through a mix of funding and technical support, with dedicated data modernization leads in every jurisdiction.
Public health needs to be able to get the right information to the right people at the right time. DMI is creating common frameworks that connect people and data faster.
A Vision for Public Health Data: The North Star Architecture is transforming how data are coordinated and connected with healthcare and across public health at all levels of government.
- Read how the North Star Architecture redraws the blueprint for public health data
- Learn about the CDC “Front Door” for data
Connecting People with Data Faster: A cloud-based Enterprise Data, Analytics, and Visualization (EDAV) platform is allowing CDC’s scientists to catalogue, analyze, and publish findings faster than previously possible.
With DMI, we’ve created new and more automated pathways for core data sources that handle cases, lab results, deaths, notifiable diseases, immunizations, and emergency visits. These are systems used by all of CDC and all of public health.
- Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) is bridging the electronic exchange of information between public health and healthcare for timely, accurate, and accessible disease surveillance. By expanding the use of eCR, DMI is helping public health “turn off the fax machines”
- Case surveillance modernization is making it faster and easier for state health departments to report notifiable disease data to CDC. With DMI, public health is sprinting toward the next generation of case surveillance.
Emergency visit data
- The National Syndromic Surveillance Program is making it easier for public health to receive early warning signals by capturing what’s happening in emergency departments and other healthcare facilities.
- Integrated IT systems — both public and private, as well as new and existing — are used to ensure successful vaccine allocation, distribution, administration, monitoring, and reporting. By bringing this information together, DMI is transforming immunization data from end to end.
Healthcare capacity and utilization data
DMI is providing public health departments and partners with the tools and resources they need to develop and implement the next generation of public health data systems.
This means they spend less time on manual processes like paperwork and data entry, and more time using data to generate lifesaving ideas and insights.
Read in their own words how DMI helps state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments modernize.
“DMI is a tremendous opportunity to make a big leap forward for public health.”
– Philip Huang, MD, MPH, Director, Dallas County Health and Human Services and Chair-Elect, Big Cities Health Coalition
Within the first year of EDAV operation, CDC saved more than $6.5M dollars in infrastructure investments that would have been made to build smaller versions of data silos.