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“CDC is dedicated to unlocking the full potential of data for disease
                 detection, prevention, and elimination. For over 70 years, CDC has used

                 the best available science and data to make public health decisions. We
                 must continue to be bold and innovative to eliminate disease, protect

                 Americans from health threats, and improve the human condition.”

                 Robert R. Redfield, MD
                 Director, CDC and Administrator, ATSDR

            Lack of interoperability between data systems, reliance on manual, paper-based methods of data sharing,
            and a siloed approach to public health surveillance slow responses to significant public health threats,
            allowing diseases to spread and delaying detection of health conditions.

            Interoperability is critical to the public health data superhighway because it allows different technology
            systems and software within and across organizational boundaries to communicate, exchange
            information, and use data in a coordinated manner.  This would allow coordinated and comparable data
            exchange, eliminating the need to create hundreds of individual surveillance systems for each disease and
            enabling state, territorial, local, and tribal jurisdictions to exchange any public health data seamlessly
            between each other and with CDC.

            This enterprise approach is crucial to the future of public health surveillance because the public health
            data superhighway will:

                 •  Inform decision-making by providing access to data sources that are currently unavailable or
                   burdensome to retrieve;
                 •  Enable coordinated responses to emerging public health threats without developing multiple
                   stand-alone systems specific to diseases or conditions;

                 •  Ensure that data systems are interoperable within public health as well as with external health care

                 •  Support sophisticated data analytics, thereby allowing public health professionals and
                   policymakers to make smarter, faster decisions and get ahead of chronic, emerging, and urgent

                 •  Support federal, state, territorial, local, and tribal public health needs;
                 •  Establish effective security and privacy protections to limit data breaches.

            7  What is Interoperability? Accessed April 23, 2019.

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