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Give Health Analytics Another Chance, It Didn’t Mean to Hurt You

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We have stumbled our way into the new healthcare information age where population and individualized data can be viewed instantly, helping us see into the past, helping us understand the current, and helping us predict the future. Regardless if the drive comes from the organizations’ own desire to improve quality or driven by government regulations, the fact remains that healthcare organizations today are capturing more data now than ever before.

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HAIS and Hand Hygiene

From Big Data to Little Germs: Preventing HAIs by Monitoring Hand Hygiene

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It is estimated that 1.7 million hospital patients in the U.S. catch a Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) each year, resulting in 99,000 deaths. HAIs are the fifth-leading cause of death in U.S. acute-care hospitals and cost the health system up to $33 billion. HAIs are an incredibly vexing problem for hospitals yet despite the large amount of money invested into this issue, the numbers continue to rise. Infection Control Epidemiologist Colin Furness of Infonaut explains that approaching the problem with improved measurement to figure out the cause could assist in devising better methods of preventing and controlling infections.

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