CDC Data Modernization Initiative – Notable Milestones: 2019-2022

CDC’s Data Modernization Initiative (DMI) is a comprehensive strategy designed to move public health from tracking threats to predicting them. Expanding on the work of CDC’s Surveillance Strategy, the DMI is making a measurable difference our nation’s ability both to respond to the current pandemic and to find and face any future public health threat.

Below are some key advancements in our progress.

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    Complex threats expose gaps and prompt action
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    Epidemics like opioids, suicide, and EVALI challenge public health’s capabilities

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    Public Health Data Modernization Initiative (DMI) launches with a vision of world class data and analytics

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    CDC answers the urgent call
    • Focus on core surveillance systems improves early warning signals for biggest health threats
    • CDC releases open data site to share technology resources and foster innovation
    • New IT and Data Governance unifies CDC’s investments in modernization
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    For the first time, Congress dedicates $50 million in FY2020pdf icon to support data modernization

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    Growing support for modernization
    • Data standards, such as FHIRexternal icon, and new federal policies push modernization forward
    • CDC expands data-ready innovation with healthcare, academic, and research partners
    • CDC awards first funding to states for data modernization and system interoperability
    • DMI lays out a strategic roadmappdf icon to guide modernization and evaluation
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    Volume and velocity of COVID-19 cases quickly overwhelms public health data systems

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    Answering the pandemic
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    Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act designates $500 million to support rapid modernization

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    Accelerating the strategy
    • Accelerated investments and projects increase capacity to rapidly detect and respond to the pandemic
    • Assigned Implementation Leads align, coordinate, monitor, and measure progress toward future state
    • CDC expands programs for state-of-the-art data science, visualization, and informatics training
    • CDC and the U.S. Digital Serviceexternal icon pilot pandemic-ready systemspdf icon at state and local health departments
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    Congress dedicates $50 million in FY2021 to continue data modernization activities

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    The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act provides an additional $500 million to CDC to advance surveillance and analytics infrastructure, as well as to establish a forecasting center for emerging biological threats. 

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    Expanding our capabilities
    • A new $3 billion, multi-year grant program supports state and local workforce development.
    • CDC built an immunization data lake to handle the massive COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and delivery.
    • CDC created a cloud-based platform to catalogue, analyze, and publish findings faster than previously possible.
    • Ongoing improvements to data collection and sharing improve health equity.
    • In August 2021, CDC stands up the new National Center for Epidemic Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics.
    • New cloud-based and computational capabilities enable CDC to process millions of unique SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences.
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    Congress dedicates $100M in FY2022 to modernize public health data surveillance and analytics at CDC and state and local health departments.

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    The path to prevention
    • Sustainable investments will ensure lifesaving prevention and response for COVID-19 and beyond