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BIRMINGHAM (April 13, 2012) —Children’s of Alabama is one of 27 hospitals participating in the “Putting Power into Healthcare Initiative”, which will improve health quality compliance, reduce healthcare-associated infections, improve patient outcomes and help drive down health costs through innovative use of technology.
The initiative launched this month and is a shared vision between Proventix Systems, Inc., a Birmingham-based technology company, and Alabama Power.
The “Putting Power into Healthcare Initiative” (PPHI) will install Proventix’s nGage system throughout Children’s facilities. By using nGage, Children’s will be able to measure when and how often employees and healthcare professionals wash their hands. The system will be installed in patient rooms and other areas where patient care is provided.
PPHI is the first-ever statewide effort to use a sophisticated, data-backed network that encourages and measures hand-washing across multiple hospitals in a single state.
“PPHI is also part of a bigger vision that goes beyond hand hygiene,” said Harvey Nix, CEO of Proventix. “We have an opportunity to improve the delivery of care through collaboration among healthcare workers, active point-of-care communications and standardized processes. This effort is focused not only on infection prevention, but also quality care.”
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. It is the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. Ten of its divisions – pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology—were recently ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Children’s is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for excellence in nursing care. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. A 750,000-square-feet expansion is currently under construction and will open in June. Last year, patients made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.