Surveillance and Data Projects

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Within DMI, we are supporting a growing suite of projects and investments that are unleashing innovation, increasing data sharing and integration, and reimagining what our core surveillance systems can deliver. These projects extend beyond a single funding stream, a single agency, or any one disease or condition. Data modernization is a collective effort that must touch every part of the public health ecosystem if we are to give everyone the opportunity to attain the highest possible level of health.

Below are a few examples of the projects and priorities that are pushing modernization forward.

Upgrading Our Core Public Health Surveillance Systems

We need fast, accurate surveillance to prevent illness and injury and predict the next public health threat. CDC is working to integrate and upgrade its core surveillance systems so real-time data gets to all levels of public health smoothly and seamlessly.

HHS PROTECT

HHS Protect is a secure decision-making and operations platform for the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Since April 2020, HHS Protect has collected, integrated, and shared COVID-19 data in near-real time across federal agencies and with state, local, territorial, and tribal partners.

BRIDGING PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE

Electronic Case Reporting is bridging the electronic exchange of information between public health and healthcare for timely, accurate, and accessible disease surveillance.

MODERNIZING NOTIFIABLE DISEASES

The National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System is making it faster and easier for state health departments to report notifiable disease data to CDC.

MOVING LAB REPORTING AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT

Electronic Laboratory Reporting is being enhanced and modernized to better report notifiable conditions and address the surveillance and data needs of today.

CONNECTING REAL TIME DATA

The National Syndromic Surveillance Program is making it easier for public health to receive early warning signals from healthcare facilities, such as emergency departments, urgent and ambulatory care centers, inpatient healthcare settings, and laboratories.

MODERNIZING DEATH REPORTING

The National Vital Statistics System is transforming surveillance systems so they can deliver high-quality data on births and deaths in near real time.

Additional Projects and Priorities

The DMI is both the furthest reaching and most comprehensive effort to date to modernize data across the entire public health ecosystem. Below are just a few examples of the wide scope of work taking place.

CATALOGING DATA RESOURCES

The Data Modernization Initiative Catalog of Data Resources supports jurisdictions with program planning through use of already available data to assess the current state of data modernization initiative program domains.

ADVANCING DATA CONNECTIVITY

Healthcare data interoperability ensures that electronic health information is shared appropriately between healthcare and public health partners in the right format, through the right channel at the right time.

PANDEMIC-READY DATA SYSTEMS

The Pandemic-Ready Interoperability Modernization Effort (PRIME) is a multi-year collaboration between CDC and USDS.

PROVIDING HANDS-ON PUBLIC HEALTH TRAINING

CDC offers students and career professionals the training they need across the educational spectrum to prepare them for a career in public health.