Hospitals to utilize Web-based automated surveillance solution

Jan. 14, 2010

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (January 13, 2010) – In an effort to enhance their infection control programs, three hospitals will leverage the Premier healthcare alliance’s SafetySurveillor® automated surveillance solution and the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON).

SafetySurveillor helps hospitals prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and optimize antibiotic use, thereby improving the quality of care and reducing hospital costs.

DICON, a collaboration of the Duke University School of Medicine and 38 community hospitals, provides physicians and nurses educational tools designed to engage and empower hospital personnel to take an active role in reducing HAIs.

New SafetySurveillor and DICON users are: Cooley Dickinson Hospital of Northampton, Mass.; Lafayette General Medical Center of Lafayette, La.; and Mon General Hospital of Morgantown, W.Va. They will use both offerings as a part of the SafetyConnectTM program, Premier’s integrated product and service program aimed at addressing the pressing safety and infection-related challenges facing healthcare organizations today.

“Both DICON and Premier are focused on assisting hospitals of all sizes and locations with  improving patient outcomes by reducing the rate of HAIs and minimizing their associated costs,” said Premier’s Scott D. Pope, Pharm.D., SafetySurveillor national director. “DICON’s, ready-to-implement, on-line educational tools and strategies, coupled with SafetySurveillor’s ability to facilitate more timely intervention to reduce and prevent infections, provide hospitals a formidable partnership to fight infections.”

DICON has been providing affiliated- hospitals with regular and timely information on best practices and best technology as well as educational programs on infection control for more than 12 years,” said Dr. Dan Sexton, medical director of DICON.

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