Targeting the real cost of infection control

The management of Hospital Acquired Infections is a major challenge of any care-based organisation.

As you’re no doubt well aware, serious infections are costly for organisations like yours to treat, manage, track and contain.

Following a standardised process to collect data is therefore a critical ingredient of an efficient and effective infection control system.

This might seem obvious, right? But the reality is this standardised approach is often lacking.

Here’s the problem. Hospital Acquired Infection data is drawn from two sources (the infection control practitioner’s assessment and the clinical coding data). Unfortunately the data from these sources doesn’t always match.

The solution?

A shared platform where both clinicians and coders provide critical data using a common language that is clearly understood.

Hospital Acquired Infections

Estimating the real cost of hospital acquired infections depends on timely information for reporting purposes. Infection data is drawn from two sources: the infection control practitioner’s assessment and coded clinical data. Unfortunately, data from these sources does not always match. The mismatch of data causes inefficiencies which can impact clinical workflow.

Infection Data

Hospitals are required to code health information according to ICD-10-AM standardisations. Coded data provides information for reporting on the total cost of an admission and can help estimate cost for treating an infection. Yet, at times the coded standards do not accurately reflect the clinical information provided. Hence, the management of Hospital Acquired Infection data presents a major challenge of any care-based organisation. Using standardised data is therefore a critical ingredient efficient infection control reporting.

ACIPC Perth 2019

In Perth last year at ACIPC at the (ACIPC) (http://www.acipcconference.com.au) the mismatch of coded and clinical infection data prompted a passionate debate. A proposed solution included using standardised infection control data that is made available to the two teams. The result being a shared platform using a common data language that both clinicians and coders can leverage. The single reference point provides a  common location of data to support each team’s information needs for mandatory hospital reporting.

About Multiprac

Multiprac http://www.oceanhealthsystems.com/products/infection-control provides a platform to support infection control workflow between clinicians and coders. It supports, standardized data collection for Significant Organisms (SOs), Blood Stream Infections (BSIs), and Surgical Site Infections (SSIs). Multiprac provides data for analysis and reporting and can integrate with existing hospital systems. This platform provides infection data in a single location and forms the basis of reliable and efficient reporting on hospital acquired infections across an organisation.

For more information see Multiprac Infection Control

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