2022 Data Modernization Initiative (DMI) Snapshot

DMI Snapshot 2022: Transforming Data to Protect Health; DMI@CDC; Data; People; Policy

If one thing is clear, it’s that data saves lives. And better data saves more lives. But what does “better data” really look like? And what are the actual, on-the-ground steps we can take to get it?

Explore the ongoing journey of public health innovation from 2023 and beyond, fueled by DMI funding and expertise, through over 150 stories in CSTE’s Stories from the Field.

What Does Data Modernization Look Like?


“We’re reimagining what technology and innovative solutions can do — and what we can do with the data.”

– Jennifer Layden, MD, PhD, Acting Director for the Office of Public Health Data, Surveillance, and Technology

Core Data Sources

Sprinting Toward the Next Generation of Case Surveillance
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What does it take to modernize case surveillance? When we assess our technologies, processes, and policies, what are the steps we can take to determine what’s working best—or could be improved—for the people who use them?


Outbreak Response: Real-Time Data for Emergencies
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Photo: James Gathany, CDC

In 2022, we made huge strides toward modernized, cloud-based solutions to meet the needs of current and future emergency responses – no matter how big or small. Following are just a few highlights from our work to ensure we’re ready for whatever comes next. 

Innovative Solutions



“We really are working together differently, and it’s intentionally designed that way. Data modernization is complex, and all perspectives and brains are needed to determine next steps.”

– Katie Fullerton, MPH, Senior Advisor for Surveillance and Data Modernization (Office of Readiness and Response)


“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.”

– Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, CDC Director

Solving the Puzzle of Data Access and Exchange
puzzle with missing piece showing connectivity lines

Modernization relies on getting data where it needs to go to protect health. Newer policies and modern standards can help us access and exchange important health information that is not readily available now.