The second in the CDC Foundation’s Lights, Camera, Action: The Future of Public Health series, this summit brought together more than 1,500 public health workers from across the United States to discuss data and technology infrastructure modernization. This report highlights key observations and themes for action identified by summit speakers and participants that stakeholders can use to guide their efforts to advance the future of public health in the United States.
Disease Tracking and Surveillance
Disease surveillance helps us detect disease cases, understand burden of disease and risk factors, provide the basis for timely and informed decision-making, guide control measures, and monitor impacts. Since the onset of COVID-19, surveillance efforts have worked to provide real-time tracking and forecast data, despite challenges with diagnostic capacity, case reporting, insufficient contact tracing, and fragmented data systems. COVID-19 has highlighted the need to invest in modern data systems, expand and skill up the workforce, and ensure data reporting and interpretation retain high ethical and epidemiological standards.