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

ence of HAIs. Because infection incidence is measured consistently with the NIM, comparisons among hospitals are a meaningful way to identify best practices and focus resources where they have the highest likelihood of reducing HAIs.

"Knowing that East Alabama Medical Center is among the best in the state for infection prevention performance validates the effort we have put behind patient safety initiatives that have reduced infections across our hospital," said Benja Morgan, infection control and employee health manager of East Alabama Medical Center. "But the real benefit from the benchmarking tool is in knowing how other hospitals perform and sharing knowledge and best practices to ensure continued improvement."

MedMined(TM) services launched the benchmarking tool in February as an additional feature for 46 hospitals in Alabama. The new tool will be discussed in detail at the Alabama Quality Forum, being held today in Birmingham, Ala. in conjunction with the Alabama Hospital Quality Initiative (AHQI) best practice meeting. AHQI is a partnership between MedMined(TM) services, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and the Alabama Hospital Association. Members of the Alabama Hospital Association's Quality Task Force as well as Infection Control Professionals from Alabama's Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) group worked for more than a year with MedMined(TM) services to provide input into the design of the benchmarking system.

The benchmarking capability will be rolled out to hospitals across the country that use MedMined(TM) services in a phased approach starting in May, and will become part of the standard package at no additional fee.

"Understanding a true hospital-wide view of HAIs is the first step to improving infection prevention," said Patrick Hymel, M.D., vice president and general manager of Cardinal Health's MedMined(TM) services. "The MedMined(TM) benchmarking tool is a big step forward in allowing best
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