Surveillance Strategy Report — Innovation

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Better Data Connections

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Today’s technology demands more connectivity than ever before. This is prompting public health to explore new ways to make electronic health data flow quickly and seamlessly to improve health outcomes. To enhance surveillance, we are utilizing interactive data dashboards, biosurveillance in the cloud, application programming interfaces (APIs), Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR, pronounced “fire”)external icon, and SMART (Substitutable Medical Apps, Reusable Technology) on FHIR appsexternal icon. CDC is testing and applying these open source, more Internet-like approaches to connecting and sharing health data to increase what is known as interoperabilityexternal icon.


More timely data on death improves health

Exploring and using open source, web-based tools to modernize mortality data reportingexternal icon provides newer, faster insights on what steps can be taken to prevent
further lives lost.


Germ data dashboard informs health officials

The NARMS Now: Human Data web dashboard, an interactive tool from CDC, makes it easier and quicker to find out how antibiotic-resistance has changed over the past 20 years for 4 bacteria transmitted commonly through food.


App benefits stroke patients and healthcare workers

An electronic health records app developed for healthcare professionals can aid in gathering and sharing hard-totrack patient information that can reduce stroke readmissions.


Cloud-based processing can help stop hepatitis infections

Harnessing the power of cloud computing can improve detection of hepatitis C outbreaks and assist health officials with coordinating a response.