Health Information Technology

Technology is making a great impact on a core IP duty, which is collection, analysis, and utilization of data. With increasing dependence on health information technology, there continue to be significant changes in how these data are obtained, maintained, analyzed and utilized, including new definitions that support algorithmic detection of infections, electronic file upload capabilities for infection reporting, data assessment, screen-testing and surveillance systems, IT terminology, and validating and maintaining data systems for infection prevention.

 

LabID Reporting for C. difficile

This white paper addresses key points in NHSN’s C. difficile LabID reporting module, with a specific focus on the correlation...

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CEU eligible – It’s time to move on: Why we need to stop relying on direct observation and embrace Automated Hand Hygiene Monitoring as the new gold standard

Healthcare has been using the current gold standard for hand hygiene compliance monitoring, direct observation, for decades. The status quo...

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Turning Data into Action for Automated Proactive HAI Surveillance

Infection prevention (IP) programs that depend primarily on paper-based, manual, and retrospective surveillance processes and on reports for aggregation with...

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Comprehensive Guide to Building a High-Performance Infection Prevention and Control Program

Infection prevention (IP) programs that depend primarily on paper-based, manual, and retrospective surveillance processes and on reports for aggregation with...

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APIC Advocacy on Health Information Technology

Health information technology (IT) includes a wide variety of technologies, services, and products, including electronic health records (EHRs), e-surveillance technology,...

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Implementing an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program: A Practical Guide

Designing and implementing an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) to improve the quality of antibiotic prescribing and combat antimicrobial resistance is...

Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk – A Call to Action

To reduce the risk of ultrasound probe cross infection, it is important to know when to perform the high level...

Expansion of Ultrasound in Healthcare: Challenges and Solutions

To reduce the risk of ultrasound probe cross infection, it is important to know when to perform the high level ...

Setting a New Standard for Ultrasound Probe Disinfection

The Spaulding classification system1 classifies ultrasound probes that contact mucous membranes or non-intact skin, as semi-critical medical devices. The Centers...

Glossary of Terms for Information Technology and Pearls of Wisdom for Implementation and Use

This glossary of terms is a primer on the vocabulary information technology professionals use and with which infection preventionists should...

Clinical Decision Support Systems and Infection Prevention: To Know Is Not Enough

Clinical decision support (CDS) systems are an increasingly used form of technology designed to guide health care providers toward established...

Slow Adoption of Automated Infection Prevention Surveillance: Are Human Factors Contributing?

Although automated surveillance technology has been evolving for decades, adoption of these technologies is in a nascent state. The current...

What Can We Learn About the Ebola Outbreak From Tweets?

The aims of this study are to demonstrate the use of Twitter as a real-time method of Ebola outbreak surveillance...