Public Health Surveillance and Data

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Data Modernization Initiative

CDC is at the heart of a national effort to create integrated, real-time public health data and surveillance.

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In any crisis, time saved equals lives saved. Accurate, instantaneous data can help us pinpoint diseases from the start and direct resources where they matter most.

Through the Data Modernization Initiative, CDC is creating a world in which data can move faster than disease.

For example, progress on modernizing core surveillance systems has allowed us to share critical data through CDC’s COVID Tracker, our “one-stop shop” for COVID-related information.

And, in August of 2021, CDC stood up a new National Center for Epidemic Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics to forecast and track hotspots for COVID-19 and other emerging biological threats.