The Learning Center, powered by HIMSS, is hosting the “Improving Patient Safety: The Implications of Internet Of Things And Wearables on Infection Control Strategies” webinar on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. CT. Sponsored by HP Inc., the webinar will show the implications and risks of smart devices in a healthcare setting, how to mitigate contaminants and the spread of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs), the global challenge of electromagnetic interference, how to provide safe electronics around sensitive equipment and high-risk patients, and discuss the manufacturers developing devices specifically to meet healthcare's critical safety needs.
The Centers for Disease Control estimate that hospitals are responsible for 1.7 million HAIs in the U.S. resulting in 99,000 associated deaths , more annually than those who die from car accidents in the United States. Moreover, in Canada 220,000 patients were affected with HAIs resulting in 12,000 deaths. Given the exponential growth of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in the hospital environment, it is essential that healthcare professionals are aware of the significance of infectious vectors on wearables and other IoT devices and how they can improve patient safety, without compromising the devices' integrity in the process.