CDC’s Data Modernization Initiative

DMI Basics: The Why, What, and How of Data Modernization

DMI Basics

What is the Data Modernization Initiative?

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CDC’s Data Modernization Initiative (DMI) is at the heart of a national effort to create integrated, real-time public health data and surveillance that can protect us from any health threat.

DMI is how CDC will meet its commitments to:

  • Strengthen data reporting, management, and analytics across public health
  • Conduct proper surveillance – not just of COVID-19 but also of future public health threats
  • Support our staff in pursuing innovation and building state-of-the-art data science skills
  • Deliver guidance the public can trust

It will do that through:

The ultimate goal behind this initiative is to move from siloed and brittle public health data systems to connected, resilient, adaptable, and sustainable systems that can help us solve problems before they happen and reduce the harm caused by the problems that do happen.


  • An Urgent Need to Modernizepdf icon – This fact sheet delivers a quick look at the DMI, illustrates how investments from the CARES Act are driving and accelerating our DMI work, and addresses what it will take to sustain these efforts and achieve real change for the future.
  • Data Modernization Initiative Website – This site is the current external-facing information hub for the DMI and contains fact sheets and basic information and resources.