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bioMerieux Introduces Surveillance Tool to Fight Healthcare-Associated Infections
Date:1/27/2009

DURHAM, N.C., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- bioMerieux, a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics, entered into an exclusive referral agreement on January 15, 2009 with ICNet Systems, Inc., a leading international solution provider of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) case management and surveillance software.

"Microbiology and serology data drive the activity around infection control surveillance," said Herb Steward, executive vice president and general manager, bioMerieux North America. "ICNet Systems, Inc. offers our customers an important tool in the fight against HAIs, a strategic focus at bioMerieux."

Through electronic interfacing with third party database management systems, laboratory information systems (LIS), patient administration/hospital information systems and surgical systems, ICNet automates the collection of data required by the infection control teams (ICT), providing real time alerts, reports and analytical tools that save considerable IC time and help target action more effectively.

ICNet is a web-enabled application that helps hospitals reduce medication costs through the more expeditious and appropriate use of real-time microbiology diagnostic data management, surveillance and reporting. The use of the software can assist in decreasing the risk of spreading preventable infections through timelier root cause analysis once a problem has been identified.

"ICNet is renowned for quality software, service and support, so it was essential to find a partner that would maintain these standards in USA," said Katie Houghton, CEO and co-founder of ICNet Ltd. "bioMerieux met our criteria for a respected and established company that specializes in microbiology, has an accomplished sales force and highly skilled technical and implementation teams."

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