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Surveillance Systems & Practices

Surveillance Systems and Practices

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) 

Active since 2005, NHSN is a voluntary, secure, internet-based surveillance system that integrates and expands legacy patient and healthcare personnel safety surveillance systems managed by the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) at CDC. 

Recommended Practices for Surveillance - American Journal of Infection Control
The purpose of this document is to provide a framework for the development of epidemiologic-based surveillance systems for use in health care settings, and it is not intended as an independent educational or training document. The following recommendations are based on a synthesis of current experience and knowledge of surveillance. As the principles and ideas regarding surveillance continue to evolve, so may this document, which is available from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), Inc. Surveillance Initiative Working Group, in AJIC, Volume 35, Issue 7, Pages 427-440. 

APIC Surveillance Technology Resources 
Use this resource page to expand your knowledge and leverage your surveillance technology to benefit your practice and your profession. Find helpful tools, read current literature, stay informed of opportunities, and learn from the developers, early adopters, and successful users who drive development. 

Agency for Healthcare Reseach and Quality (AHRQ)
The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP, pronounced "H-Cup") is a family of health care databases and related software tools and products that bring together the data collection efforts of State data organizations, hospital associations, private data organizations, and the Federal government to create a national information resource of patient-level healthcare data.

See also:
HCUP Website 
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) 
Aggregate hospital core data from the Hospital Compares website.