Most people enter the hospital hoping to feel better after they leave, but for 1.7 million Americans every year, this simply isn’t the case. Hospital Acquired Infections, also called HAIs or nosocomial infections, are infections that a hospital patient can develop as a result of their hospital stay (Martin & McFerran, 2008). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that roughly 99,000 deaths each year are related to HAIs (Klevens et al., 2007).
According to CDC reports, over 700,000 hospital patients acquired an infection as a result of their hospital stay in 2011, resulting in roughly 75,000 deaths. The majority of these Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) occurred in intensive care units.
Electronic Health Records are changing the face of medicine. Initially, simply providing a repository and ubiquitous access to patient data across the care continuum; modern information systems now automatically analyze these available data in real-time to improve care.
As mobile devices become more prevalent in healthcare settings, their benefits are equally challenged by threats that go beyond what meets the eye. Nine out of every ten mobile applications have security holes that make them vulnerable to attack, and a greater percentage are usually inhabited with bacteria.
If you're like any one of us on the ReadyDock Team, then you want to stay in the know with what's new in the world of healthcare. Here, we like to stay connected through news sources like Modern Healthcare and organizations such as Infection Control Today.
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