Microsoft Partner`s Tool Tracks Hospital-Acquired Infections

By Sharon Linsenbach  |  Posted 2008-04-24 Email Print this article Print

A patient safety screening tool can improve early detection of the infections, with the potential to save thousands of lives.

Microsoft partner Accent on Integration has rolled out a patient safety screening tool at Vanderbilt University Medical Center that can improve early detection of hospital-acquired infections, with the potential to save thousands of lives.

Sepsis is the body's systemic response to infection, which in severe cases can cause organ failure and death. It's estimated that 750,000 people die each year from sepsis, said Randy Fusco, chief technology officer and strategist for Microsoft’s U.S. health care provider industry unit. 

Normally, it's difficult to draw a direct correlation between a technology implementation and an improvement in the quality of patient care, Fusco said, since improved patient outcomes as a result of technology are so difficult to measure. However, in this instance, he said the positive impact of the tool on patient outcomes was obvious within the first few months.

The tool has been piloted in Vanderbilt's 23-bed neurological care unit, said Jeff McGeath, vice president and CTO for AOI. As of April 18, the technology had detected 14 patients with sepsis, McGeath said.

"If sepsis is identified early and proper treatment is given within three hours of detection, your survival rate is something like 80 percent," he said.

However, if detection is delayed more than six hours or a misdiagnosis is made, survival rates drop to about 15 percent, he said.

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Sharon Linsenbach Sharon Linsenbach is a staff writer for eWEEK and eWEEK Channel Insider. Prior to joining Ziff Davis, Sharon was Assistant Managing Editor for CRN, a weekly magazine for PC and technology resellers. Before joining CRN, Sharon was an Acquisitions Editor for The Coriolis Group and later, Editorial Director with Paraglyph Press, both in Scottsdale, AZ. She holds a BA in English from Drew University and lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her significant other and two neurotic cats. When she's not reading or writing about technology, Sharon enjoys yoga, knitting, traveling and live music. Sharon can be reached at


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