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Published on Jul 19, 2012
At this year's SSMARt Innovation Awards (www.ssmic.com), Sault Area Hospital won for Innovation Project of the Year.
Jim Adams and Bob Filipowicz of the Sault Area Hospital IT department, in collaboration with Judith Edwards from the Sault Area Hospital Infection Prevention & Control department, designed and built a web-based application used for conducting hand hygiene audits. All Ontario hospitals are required by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) to conduct audits of staff compliance with cleaning their hands.
What was previously in paper form, and designed and distributed through the MOHLTC, was used to collect the data, which then had to be entered into a database and spreadsheet. The development of this new web-based app, when used with a tablet or notebook, eliminates time, improves efficiency and by developing in-house, provides a cost-effective means of conducting hand hygiene audits without purchasing expensive software.