Modern Approaches “Lift All Boats” at CDC

New tools allow CDC scientists to work faster and smarter to achieve our lifesaving mission


A key to CDC‘s future is our investment in a cloud-based suite of Enterprise Data, Analytics, and Visualization tools, “EDAV” for short, that’s available to the whole agency. When lives are on the line, EDAV saves time, reduces costs, and allows CDC’s scientists to catalogue, analyze, and publish findings faster than previously possible.

Providing enterprise tools and services that can be used by everyone at CDC is a priority for DMI. It not only solves the problem of having too many disease-specific systems, but also it allows CDC’s programs to build new capabilities in faster and smarter ways.

In 2022, more CDC experts than ever began using these cloud-based tools and support services to address the world’s most complex public health challenges.

10 ways EDAV is driving CDC’s science ahead

1. Traveler's health

Helped CDC’s infectious disease teams process large volumes of Custom and Border Protection Land and Air Data, reducing reporting time from days to minutes.

2. Pertussis
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Decreased reporting time by 95% by streamlining a manual reporting process from a couple of days to just a couple of clicks.

3. Tuberculosis

Supported a new dashboard that allows researchers to better illustrate latent tuberculosis infection and more quickly understand disease patterns.

4. Suicide
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Used machine learning to analyze social media and traditional data to “nowcast” suicide trends and show results on an interactive internal platform for CDC’s scientists.

5. Flu vaccines
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Supported a new visualization dashboard to showcase influenza vaccination coverage.

6. Drug overdose
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Captured electronic health record information on overdoses from hospital emergency department visits, with a public visualization dashboard refreshed monthly.

7. Genomics

Helped CDC save time and costs to improve its analytic capabilities and present results of genomic analysis in easy- to-understand visuals.

8. Contact tracing
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Quickly developed a contact tracing solution that allows travelers to submit information through any device, anywhere in the world, and provides data to jurisdictions for localized action.

9. Emerging diseases

Streamlined data collection and reporting in surveillance systems that track diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks.

10. Nursing Home COVID Tracking
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Received data from 15,000 facilities to dynamically update reports and ensure the public has the most current information.