Project — Improving Public Health Surveillance and Data at CDC


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Public health is never static—and neither is public health data. Just in the past two decades, we’ve witnessed public health’s evolution from monitoring infectious diseases to tracking the occurrence of many noninfectious conditions, such as injuries, birth defects, chronic conditions, mental illness, drug use, and environmental and occupational exposures to health risks.

With this widened surveillance lens, CDC is updating the surveillance strategy to keep up with the rapidly changing landscape of data and need for IT modernization. Beginning in 2018, the agency is extending the work to encompass public health data more broadly, and creating a more connected and secure data and IT infrastructure.

The new strategy has several components:

  • Growing public health’s data science, informatics, and IT savvy workforce
  • Expanding core data, informatics, and IT capacity
  • Advancing interoperable systems and tools
  • Strengthening and expanding collaboration with and support for partners
  • Coordinating data and IT investments and governance
CDC Surveillance Strategy: Notable Milestones

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Photo: Chesley Richards MD, MPH, FACP

Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP
CDC Deputy Director,
Public Health Scientific Services

How can CDC and public health organizations stay current and remain leaders in a changing landscape of data and Health Information Technology?


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Keywords: Health Information Technology, prevention, population health, workforce