The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses content syndication to share important health information with a variety of federal public health agencies, state and local public health departments, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and commercial organizations.
CDC developed content syndication to give our public health partners and other interested parties the tools to deliver credible content directly to their visitors. Keeping information updated and in sync during public emergencies is difficult and time consuming to do manually and often leads to inconsistent and wrong information on partner sites.
- Approximately 835 public health partners – including state and local health departments, hospitals, universities and federal agencies – have implemented content syndication on their Web sites.
- More than 1.6 million page views of CDC content on other web sites and through other channels in 2011-2012 to date.
- More than 4700 partner URLs containing CDC syndicated content.
- Content syndication is being used and tested in 46 of the 50 US states by State and Local health departments.
CDC has provided the .NET code for the system to the Federal Drug Administration and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for their reuse, is working with the Department of Health and Human Services to produce a Java version and will be releasing the code as an Open Source project for all to use in the near future.