Data in the Infection Prevention Ecosystem
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Infection Prevention/Health care-Associated Infection (HAI) ecosystem consisted of a broad stage of actors that was projected to grow at 6.2% annually to reach a $231 billion global market value by 2023 with the US market projected to reach $31 Billion.*
What’s out there, where is it going, who can benefit from it, what activities require reliable tracking, what processes can realize better efficiencies?
* Harris Williams & Co.: Infection Prevention Market Overview
THE INFECTION DATA ECOSYSTEM
There are multiple stakeholders contributing to the Infection Prevention data ecosystem. Within it are the traditional contributors and benefactors found in many data economies, actors who create data and actors who can utilize the data. Within this ecosystem are tell-tale attributes that over time, could warrant a token ecosystem.
- More trust is required between parties than currently exists
- There is a need for reliable tracking of activity
- There is a need for the data to be reliable and time stamped over time
- Data sharing is lacking
Contributors include IoT-enabled devices, staff, consumers (satisfaction scores), labs, government agencies and many others. The data is captured onto paper forms, mobile apps, or directly through smart devices to back-end cloud services. Scanning with OCR and data mining can help automate the capture process when traditional paper trail methods are provided, but the best data collection approach is to use mobile devices or built-in cloud integrations with disinfecting devices or monitoring devices.
Benefactors include virtually everyone within the ecosystem and can include:
- Government agencies like CMS to determine reimbursement penalties
- Insurers to adjust programs based on efficiencies, environmental scoring, etc.
- Manufacturers who use data to validate the efficacy of their solution by measuring before and after microbioal test swabs
- ES manager to assess competency levels of staff if a Learning Management system is in use to check scoring
- Disinfection ecosystem providers, to assess facility preparedness and predict ROI to justify their offerings
- Operations to help predict efficacy of products and practices based on test validation results and auditing
- Consumers to determine which facilities are better scoring with regard to infection risk
- and so on……