Surveillance and Technology
Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes
All IPC programs require comprehensive surveillance for HAIs and epidemiologically significant organisms. Many healthcare systems have transitioned, or are transitioning, from traditional surveillance methods to electronic surveillance systems to reduce IP surveillance workload. Electronic surveillance system structures vary across healthcare systems due to endless combinations of electronic medical record systems, electronic surveillance systems, customizations, upgrade versions, and resources. Customization of electronic surveillance systems, which is necessary for most healthcare systems, potentially leads to decreased data integrity if validation processes are not in place and maintained. Surveillance data integrity is critical, and the lack thereof may have serious patient care, public health, and financial implications.
This session will provide details on how one healthcare system implemented and validated an electronic surveillance system and will describe the responsibilities of IPs for the development and maintenance of these systems.
Participants will learn the key steps after implementation, including additional maintenance and validation processes. These processes include, but are not limited to, defining and validating: report logic, data sources, automated surveillance algorithms, alerts, and data exports. This session will cover the review, selection, and validation of features, and discuss process standardization to ensure accurate data retrieval.