JANUARY 27, 2009–DURHAM, NC–bioMerieux, a developer of in vitro diagnostics, entered into an exclusive referral agreement on January 15 with ICNet Systems, Inc., an international provider of health-care associated infection (HAI) case management and surveillance software.
“Microbiology and serology data drive the activity around infection control surveillance,” says Herb Steward, executive vice president and general manager, bioMerieux North America. “ICNet Systems, Inc. offers our customers an important tool in the fight against HAIs, a strategic focus at bioMerieux.”
Through electronic interfacing with third-party database management systems, laboratory information systems (LIS), patient administration/hospital information systems, and surgical systems, ICNet automates the collection of data required by the infection control teams (ICTs), providing real-time alerts, reports, and analytical tools that save considerable infection control time and help target action more effectively.
ICNet is a web-enabled application that reportedly helps hospitals reduce medication costs through the more expeditious and appropriate use of real-time microbiology diagnostic data management, surveillance, and reporting. The use of the software can assist in decreasing the risk of spreading preventable infections through timelier root-cause analysis once a problem has been identified.