Surveillance and Data Projects

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Through the Data Modernization Initiative (DMI), CDC is creating a world in which data can move faster than disease. Projects to strengthen our foundational surveillance systems, build data science capacity, and enhance the public health workforce are significantly improving the way we respond to our biggest public health threats, including COVID-19, opioid overdose, suicide, influenza, and more.

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

U.S. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 USDSexternal icon.

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.