Informatics and Epidemiology in Infection Control

Keith F. Woeltje, Ebbing Lautenbach

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Increasing amounts of hospital data are available electronically and offer new possibilities in performing surveillance for health care-associated infections. To use electronic information effectively, health care epidemiologists need to be aware of potential sources of data, issues with data integrity, and the trade-offs in using electronic data for surveillance as opposed to traditional manual surveillance. In reality, a combined surveillance approach may provide the best possible result. A clear understanding of the epidemiologic principles, such as prevalence and incidence, and some of the nuances behind these principles are essential for the proper interpretation of the epidemiologic data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-270
Number of pages10
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011


  • Electronic surveillance
  • Epidemiology
  • HAIs
  • Infection prevention


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