Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Pioneers Better Infection Control in Canada: Adopts Infection Surveillance and Monitoring System



    TORONTO, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - rL Solutions, the leading provider of healthcare
quality and safety software, announced today that Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
(CKHA) is participating in a beta program to improve infection control by
implementing Infection MonitorPro(R) (IMPro(R)).
    IMPro(R) is a powerful application that helps healthcare organizations
better detect, manage, prevent and control infection risks, making healthcare
safer for patients, staff, physicians, volunteers and visitors while reducing
overall costs.
    As a beta program participant, CKHA will have significant input into the
ongoing development of IMPro, and will work closely with the rL Solutions
IMPro team to help fine tune the product within a hospital environment. The
system - being rolled out by the Infection Prevention and Control Department
and Consolidated Health Information Services - has been developed over the
course of five years in an Australian clinical environment, and will provide
CKHA with enhanced surveillance and monitoring of infectious diseases.
    "We are extremely pleased to act as the beta site for Canada and to be
one of only two clients in North America invited to participate in the beta
program for rL Solutions' infection monitoring software," said Carol Turner,
Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.
"IMPro will help improve the quality of healthcare that we provide and enhance
safety through the application of advanced technology."
    "The goal of the beta program is to provide CKHA with a system that will
increase Infection Control Practitioner productivity and streamline the
management of infection cases which will ultimately result in a lower rate of
infection," said Colin Hung, Vice-President, Marketing and Alliances, rL
Solutions. "By automating infection surveillance and providing simple data
mining capabilities, IMPro will help CKHA eliminate much of the non value-add
administrative tasks that an ICP is forced to do. This will allow CKHA to
better focus organizational resources on infection prevention and control."
    This week marks Infection Control Week in hospitals across Ontario. In
addition to its ongoing efforts, CKHA will be implementing further
multi-faceted hand hygiene programs in the coming months.
    Just Clean Your Hands is a program developed provincially and is targeted
at raising healthcare worker awareness about the importance of clean hands. A
complementary, Clean Hands Protect Lives campaign encourages patients to be
involved in their care and heighten awareness regarding the importance of hand
hygiene.
    Says Turner, "These extensive hand hygiene programs are being taken on
because hand hygiene is the single most effective way to reduce healthcare
acquired infections. We all need to take part in practicing patient and
healthcare worker safety."

    About rL Solutions

    rL Solutions provides proven risk management, patient feedback, claims
and infection control software to help healthcare organizations improve
patient safety and healthcare quality. rL Solutions brings together innovative
technologies, stellar client service and a broad ecosystem of partners to give
its 500 clients a complete safety and quality solution. With products that are
easy to use and easy to implement, rL Solutions is a world leader in the
healthcare market. For more information, visit www.rl-solutions.com.

    About Chatham-Kent Health Alliance

    Delivering quality care to residents of Chatham-Kent, South Lambton and
Walpole Island, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance operates 300 beds across campuses
in Chatham and Wallaceburg. CKHA is dedicated to core service excellence,
top-flight operational performance and to redefining healthcare in
Southwestern Ontario. CKHA, a Top 100 Employer in Canada, is comprised of 1300
compassionate staff, physicians and volunteers who care for thousands of
inpatients, outpatients and emergency patients annually. For more information,
please visit www.ckha.on.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Carol Turner, Infection
Prevention & Control Co-ordinator, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, (519)
352-6401 ext. 6481; Colin Hung, VP, Marketing and Alliances, rL Solutions,
(416) 410-8456 ext 265


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