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DebMed Brings Focus on Patient Safety to HIMSS 2013
Date:2/26/2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DebMed®, the creator of the world's first and only electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system based on the World Health Organization's (WHO) "Five Moments for Hand Hygiene" is exhibiting at the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS13) annual meeting in New Orleans, March 4-6 (booth # 8747).

With patient safety and readmissions mounting concerns for healthcare organizations, DebMed is providing a solution to help reduce readmissions, increase patient safety and decrease healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). With the first-of-its-kind innovative system, the DebMed GMS™ (Group Monitoring System), healthcare facilities are now able to achieve breakthrough levels of quality while reducing costs, both critical priorities of hospitals as they move toward becoming Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Hospitals using the DebMed GMS and its supporting improvement tools have experienced increases in hand hygiene compliance, ultimately decreasing infections and therefore improving patient safety.

HAIs affect hundreds of millions of patients worldwide every year, leading to more serious illness, prolonged hospital stays, higher costs to patients and their families, additional financial burden on the health-care system and, critically, often the tragic loss of life. At any time more than 1.4 million patients worldwide are suffering from hospital acquired infections. In the U.S. alone, HAIs are responsible for an estimated two million infections and almost 100,000 deaths (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011) each year.

By following recommended guidelines and implementing technologies facilities can achieve value-based, data-driven, patient-centered care. 

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