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Data Requirements for Electronic Surveillance of Healthcare-Associated Infections

  • Keith F. Woeltje (a1), Michael Y. Lin (a2), Michael Klompas (a3) (a4), Marc Oliver Wright (a5), Gianna Zuccotti (a4) (a6) and William E. Trick (a7)...

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Electronic surveillance for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) is increasingly widespread. This is driven by multiple factors: a greater burden on hospitals to provide surveillance data to state and national agencies, financial pressures to be more efficient with HAI surveillance, the desire for more objective comparisons between healthcare facilities, and the increasing amount of patient data available electronically. Optimal implementation of electronic surveillance requires that specific information be available to the surveillance systems. This white paper reviews different approaches to electronic surveillance, discusses the specific data elements required for performing surveillance, and considers important issues of data validation.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014;35(9):1083-1091

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Infectious Diseases Division, Washington University School of Medicine, Campus Box 8051, 660 South Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110 (kwoeltje@bjc.org).

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