Hospital Acquired Infections – How to Reduce Surveillance Waste

rates with a 90% reduction in surveillance resources. In addition, Health Catalyst produced a near real-time reporting dashboard that displayed analytics in a highly visual, easy-to-interpret display.

The net effect is that infection preventionists now spend far more time focusing on education, clinical interventions and analysis versus surveillance waste. Over time these interventions should contribute to decreasing infection rates.

Transformational Deployment System

A multi-disciplinary team including infection preventionists, clinicians, technical, financial, quality and clinical improvement departments worked together to evaluate the hospital’s quality measures, identify HAI opportunities for improvement, revise the EDW’s algorithms, and to develop easy-to-understand visualizations. Past initiatives of this type tended to be of a temporary nature. Today this team meets on a monthly basis to ensure the clinical improvement gains are sustained and to evaluate opportunities for expansion into additional care process families such as septicemia.

Expanding Results

The EDW’s impact is being felt well beyond HAI surveillance and improved detection rates. The medical center has developed five steams of quality improvement—infectious disease, population health, cardiovascular, neuroscience and oncology. The director of clinical and business analytics expects the EDW’s influence to spread as they deploy the Health Catalyst products and services to other clinical programs.

“We expect to see more meaningful impacts in the near future as we expand our Health Catalyst Clinical Improvement Services and Late-Binding™ Data Warehouse beyond the current five streams of work,” he said, “to include virtually every clinical area in the hospital.”

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