Information Technology and the H1N1 Virus

At BIDMC, our Infection Control staff have sent out daily updates about the H1N1 Virus, our process changes to protect patients/staff, and our planning for future activities if the infection escalates.

There are many things that IT can do to support the hospital and the country during this outbreak. Here are five projects we've implemented.

1. Support CDC's Biosense

Every day, BIDMC electronically sends 4000 data elements to the Centers for Disease Control using the HITSP Biosurveillance standards. Patients are not identified - no names, MRN’s or addresses are sent. Birthdays are month and year only. Here are the data elements we send:

Inpatients

ADT information – a message that there was an admission, discharge or transfer with date and time

Diagnosis

Procedures

Pharmacy orders

Daily census

Emergency Department Visits

Visit information

Acuity

Diagnosis

Procedures

Pharmacy orders

Patient instructions

Outpatient Visits

Visit information

Diagnosis

All patients

Microbiology orders and results (including viral studies)

Radiology orders and results

The CDC uses this to track outbreaks and prioritize resource allocation.

2. Build an intranet site to educate faculty and staff

We've supported our Infection Control staff with template-based content management tools and launched "H1N1 Central". In this single intranet site we link together our institutional polices, CDC reports, local news, and best practices.

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