Surveillance and Data Projects
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.