[Information technology use in preventing infection].

Division of Infectious Diseases Disease Control and Prevention Center, National Center for Global Health and Medicine.
Kansenshogaku zasshi. The Journal of the Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases 11/2011; 85(6):620-5.
Source: PubMed


Infection prevention requires handling enormous amounts of medical information collection, analysis, and delivery--a cumbersome, inefficient process. Hospital information system (HIS) data not intended for preventing infection cannot be used directly for such prevention. The rapid introduction of information technology in infection prevention can potentially solve these problems. The IT-based infection prevention system (ITIPS) structure depends on the purpose specified, however, and using this information in hospitals requires that the detailed HIS structure be clarified, especially the connection between HIS and ITIPS. The future ITIPS role is envisioned in early infection detection and warning. This, in turn, requires that ITIPS field operational support systems for medical staff mature further.

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