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.

 

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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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...

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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...

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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...

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...

Review and Analysis of Existing Mobile Phone Applications for Health Care – Associated Infection Prevention

The expanding number of mobile health applications (apps) holds potential to reduce and eliminate health care-associated infections (HAIs) in clinical...

Automated Tracking and Ordering of Precautions for Multidrug-Resistant Organisms

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Studies on Nurse Staffing and Health Care – Associated Infection: Methodologic Challenges and Potential Solutions

National efforts to promote an HER may offer solutions for future studies by providing more comprehensive data on HAIs and...

Surveillance Versus Clinical Adjudication: Differences Persist with New Ventilator – Associated Event Definition

The goals of this study are to compare the results of an automated surveillance strategy using the new VAE definition...

An Electronic Surveillance Tool for Catheter – Associated Urinary Tract Infection in Intensive Care Units

Traditional methods of surveillance of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are error-prone and resource-intensive. To resolve these issues, a highly...