The National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) is an initiative that promotes the use of data and information system standards to advance the development of efficient, integrated, and interoperable surveillance systems to collect and monitor data for disease trends and/or outbreaks so that public health personnel can protect the nation's health.
It is an Internet-based infrastructure for public-health surveillance data exchange that uses specific Public Health Information Network (PHIN) and NEDSS Data Standards. It is a major component of the Public Health Information Network (PHIN).
NEDSS is not a single, monolithic application, but a system of interoperable subsystems, components and systems modules that include software applications developed and implemented by CDC; those developed and implemented by state and local health departments; and those created by commercial services and vendors.
NEDSS is designed to:
- Detect outbreaks rapidly and to monitor the health of the nation
- Facilitate the electronic transfer of appropriate information from clinical information systems in the health care system to public health departments
- Reduce provider burden in the provision of information
- Enhance both the timeliness and quality of information provided.