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Alabama Hospitals Compare Infection Prevention Performance Statewide With New Benchmarking Tool
Date:4/29/2008

MedMined(TM) services from Cardinal Health Equip Hospitals to Measure

Infection Performance Against Peers to Facilitate Best Practice

Identification and Sharing

DUBLIN, Ohio, April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cardinal Health, a global provider of products and services that improve the safety and productivity of health care, today announced a new benchmarking tool from MedMined(TM) services that allows hospitals to compare risk-adjusted infection rates in each unit of a hospital to peer units in similar hospitals to help identify best practices and areas for improvement.

The MedMined(TM) benchmarking tool graphs the incidence of health care associated infections (HAIs) in all of the units in a hospital to visually present the current infection rate compared to its peers. The tool also indicates whether the infection rate in each unit is improving or not, making it easy for hospitals to identify areas of success and opportunities for improvement.

This approach enables hospitals to compare their incidence of HAIs with other hospitals that are clinically risk adjusted to be in the same peer category. Peer comparisons are made using multiple factors including the size and type of the unit and the hospital, as well as the severity of illness of patients in each unit. In addition to monitoring and comparing each unit separately, all units may be combined to compare the entire hospital to its peer group.

"Hospitals are finding value in the ability to compare their results with their peers," said J. Michael Horsley, president of the Alabama Hospital Association. "When hospitals know which area needs the most focus and which hospitals perform best for that type of unit, we can open a dialogue for improvement that raises performance across all hospitals."

Infection rates are determined hospital-wide using the MedMined(TM) nosocomial infection marker (NIM), an objective, electronic measure of the incid
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