Barriers to the sharing of public health data hamper decision-making efforts on local, national, and global levels, and stymie attempts to contain emerging global health threats. That is the conclusion of an international team of experts led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

The analysis, published in the journal BMC Public Health and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, classifies and examines the barriers in order to open a focused international dialogue on solutions.

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