Surveillance Strategy Report — How Sharing Advances Surveillance
Technology Trims Tasks and Time
CDC is revolutionizing the way public health gets, transfers, and uses data. Currently, busy state health departments that track and report illness, injuries, and outbreaks must submit information to more than 100 different CDC surveillance systems and programs. The Surveillance Data Platform will enable health departments to send data to one place. A shared information technology service, working behind the scenes, will automatically examine data and securely send it to the correct CDC programs.
Public health surveillance relies on information collected by more than 3,000 federal, state, and local agency partners. Data are submitted from states to CDC programs in many ways through numerous systems, increasing the workload of state and local public health staff. CDC is developing shared surveillance tools that can be plugged into multiple surveillance systems to improve efficiency.
“We want to advance public health’s critical data infrastructure and pipeline. We are moving from dirt roads to a superhighway to exchange data between partners and CDC.”
Teresa Kinley, MSCS
Lead, Surveillance Data Platform, CDC
Building shared disease surveillance services ensures rapid deployment and on-demand scalability
Putting Data to Work: A New Solution on the Horizon
CDC is implementing cutting-edge technology and applying industry standards to critical public health challenges—from infectious diseases to chronic health conditions. The Surveillance Data Platform benefits the people, processes, and technology that inform and support our nation’s public health system. The new platform is being released in stages beginning in 2017.
The streamlined shared services being developed as part of CDC’s strategy to improve surveillance data will transform data collection, sharing, and use
Moving the Dial: Reduced Redundancy, Improved Efficiency
January: CDC leaders agree to develop shared surveillance services to increase efficiency
May: 16 design principles and 28 service priorities selected
September: Design sessions conducted with external stakeholders
June: Cloud security set
up for new container
July: First shared service—
August: Second shared
Katie Fullerton, MPH
Surveillance provides opportunities to standardize, harmonize, and streamline data to inform public health responses.
Keywords: notifiable disease, outbreak