Building the Right Foundation

For the first time, DMI is providing a unified foundation for public health data that is both resourced and comprehensive.

building the right foundation
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.

Reimagining data and technology

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.

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.

Modernizing core data sources

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.

Case data

Laboratory data

Emergency visit data

Death data

Immunization data

  • 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

Support for state, tribal, local, and territorial partners

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

Building the Right Foundation: By the Numbers

More than 170 conditions can be reported using eCR, up from only 20 at the beginning of 2020.

67% of deaths are now reported electronically within 10 days of death (goal=80%).

More than 70% of emergency department data is received within 24 hours of a visit.

During the pandemic, we scaled up notifiable disease reporting systems to receive 10X the usual case volume.

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.

OCHIN started using eCR at more than 1,000 healthcare delivery sites, saving a potential 160,000 staff hours over a 12-month period.