Based on interviews with 119 providers managing infection control programs on paper and 202 using an infection control information system, 70 percent of those on paper cannot justify the cost of going electronic, while 30 percent of those electronic are very dependent on the system, according to KLAS. Many infection control specialists are mired in mandatory reporting duties and few actively monitor hospital-acquired infection rates.
The report notes that infection control systems remain a best-of-breed market with enterprise vendors Cerner and Epic still developing their applications. Vendors considered in the report include CareFusion, Hospira, Premier, Wolters Kluwer (Sentri7), Vecna and VigiLanz. CareFusion scored highest in product training and ease of use, and Hospira scored best for interfacing and mandated reporting.
The report, “Infection Control Systems 2012," costing $980 for providers and $10,980 for others, is available at klasresearch.com/reports.