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HHS Article Addresses IT Concerns with Federal Tracking System for HAIs

May 13, 2010

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has turned to the AARC for help in getting the word out about initiatives currently underway to reduce health care associated infections (HAIs) in the nation’s hospitals.

In the first of what may be several articles, Don Wright, MD, HHS deputy assistant secretary for healthcare quality, outlines recommendations that came out of recent meetings held between HHS officials and hospital quality leaders to come up with recommendations on simplifying and streamlining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), the federal tracking system for HAIs.

Read the article to learn how HHS is working with stakeholders to address technical and information technology issues related to the NHSN, and how these recommendations are figuring into government plans to make the system easier for hospitals to use.

According to HHS, more than 2,600 hospitals nationwide are now enrolled in the NHSN.