Data. It's one of the biggest buzz words in healthcare, and the buzz is for good reason. Information is a powerful thing. However, the power doesn't just lie in the information itself - it all depends on how you use it.
Currently, infection prevention teams are often overloaded by data without the resources to effectively process it all. This month we focused in on infection surveillance data, what organisations are doing with it and how to get the most out of the information you're taking in.
The healthcare industry has it's eyes set on three goals for the next few years. These goals include enhancing quality, promoting patient safety and ensuring value in their initiatives. As transparency becomes more prominent in health care systems, the synergy between risk management and infection prevention teams becomes equally important for successful quality improvement initiatives. The complexity of the health care system only keeps increasing, so how can teams utilise the data they collect in a proactive manner to prevent malpractice?
"In 2009, uncertainty about the emerging pH1N1 virus’ clinical severity hindered the early global response." Data is increasingly becoming more crucial to supporting teams during a decision making process. Regulatory bodies continue to identify metrics to accurately forecast potential future outbreaks. However, hospitals are also being asked to follow suit and dig deeper into their data to get insights that can support their initiatives. The question is, how can that data then be leveraged to generate and clinical severity assessments?
A large part of a hospital's manager's time gets dedicated to appropriately resourcing staff to various units of the hospitals. This causes proactive measures to, at times, take a back seat as staffing resources fall short for initiatives such as infection prevention. "Studies have addressed the staffing of infection prevention and control programs (IPC) within health care facilities and as the duties become more diverse, such analyses are critical to reinforcing support." Investing in appropriate resources to drive quality improvements through proper infection prevention programs can be that stepping stone in engaging staff and working towards your patient safety goals.
Do you ever experience information overload? Infection surveillance software can help surface the information you need, cutting back on administrative burden and giving you the time to turn data into action. See RL6:Infection in action.
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As part of the marketing team at RL, Anjali is passionate about innovation in healthcare. When she's not learning about new client initiatives or helping to plan RL Palooza, you can find her escaping to her next adventure.More Content by Anjali Arya