Public health is innovating how we collect and use data to help people and communities thrive. CSTE’s Data Modernization Stories from the Field show transformations in health departments across the country that reduce manual processes, solve problems through innovation, and use data in new and exciting ways — equipping them to quickly offer impactful public health services that reduce threats and improve outcomes. These successes are worth celebrating, and we hope you feel inspired to borrow the brilliance for positive impacts in your jurisdiction and your work on coordinated nationwide efforts!

Laboratory Data Exchange

Electronic laboratory reporting and laboratory information system enhancements

Electronic Case Reporting

Exchanging case report information between electronic health records and public health

Syndromic Surveillance

Use of real-time data feeds from multiple sources to monitor the health of a community

Nationally Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System

Sharing health information across all levels of public health to prevent the spread of reportable diseases

Public Health Data Science Workforce

Building a workforce skilled in data science and informatics

Partnership and Innovation

Public health connections and creativity that enhance the ability to support communities

Interoperable Data Systems

Efficient and secure data exchange to provide timely and accurate information to public health

Enterprise Approach to Data Systems Modernization

Modernizing systems across programs, partners, and all levels of government

Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity

Coming soon!

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View related content from the CSTE report Driving Public Health in the Fast Lane: The Urgent Need for a 21st Century Data Superhighway, the Public Health Informatics Institute’s DMI Stories from the Field project, and the CDC Data Modernization Initiative including Stories: Surveillance and Data in Action and DMI Snapshot 2022.

Funding source: DMI Stories from the Field was supported in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cooperative agreement #NU38OT000297. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CDC.