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Most Hospitals Employ Some Type of Clinical Surveillance Product

February 06, 2019 / Fred Donovan

Most hospitals are using a clinical surveillance solution, whether from a third-party, built in-house, or as part of their EHR, according to a recent survey of 100 hospital executives by Sage Growth Partners on behalf of clinical surveillance provider VigiLanz. Clinical surveillance solutions enable physicians, nurses, and other care team members to better monitor patients, particularly those susceptible to worsening or life-threatening conditions. The top five ways clinical surveillance can be most helpful are (in order): identifying adverse drug events, advancing antimicrobial stewardship initiatives, patient safety alerts, preventing inpatient infections, and managing readmissions. Eighty-eight percent of respondents said that clinical surveillance is extremely, very, or moderately important to their organization. Nine percent of respondents said it is only slightly important, and 3 percent said it was not important at all or they did not know its importance. More than two-thirds (7...