671. Rethinking the Approach to Case Finding and Study Using Surveillance Networks which Rely on Routinely Collected Electronic Health Information
Session: Symposium: New Insights into Evaluating Healthcare-Associated Infections in the U.S.
Friday, October 19, 2012: 11:00 AM
Room: SDCC 25 ABC
The rapidly increasing availability of data from electronic health records and administrative data holds the potential to augment existing surveillance systems for some health care associated infections. Potential gains include the ability to ensure that all relevant cases come to the attention of surveillance personnel while reducing the total effort required. Sufficiently large networks may be especially helpful in detecting cases that arise after discharge and receive treatment in facilities other than the ones that provided initial care.
Richard Platt, MD, MS, FSHEA, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Boston, MA

Richard Platt, MD, MSc is Professor and Chair of the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Executive Director of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. He is principal investigator of a CDC Prevention Epicenter, a CDC Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics, the FDA's Mini-Sentinel program, of contracts with FDA’s Center for Drugs Evaluation and Research (CDER) and Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) to conduct post-marketing studies of drugs' and biologics’ safety and effectiveness, and of the AHRQ HMO Research Network DEcIDE Center. He was a SHEA Academic Councilor, chaired the FDA’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee, is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Advisory Panel on Research and the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care.

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