• JAN 10, 2019

    ASSESSING SURGICAL SITE INFECTION SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGIES: The ASSIST Project

    Heather Evans, MD, MS, William Lober, MD, MS, Danielle Lavallee, PharmD, PhD, Jenney Lee, MA

    ASSESSING SURGICAL SITE INFECTION SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGIES: The ASSIST Project

    Visit our website to read Health Technology Assessment report.

     

    The increasing use of mobile devices by patients to send images and text messages to surgeons and care teams after surgery presents new opportunities for both clinical and public health practice. Used wisely, this rapidly evolving application of information technology can produce enormously important benefits for individual patients, ambulatory surgical centers and hospitals, practitioners, and infection surveillance and prevention of surgical site infection (SSI). 

     

    Assessing Surgical Site Infection Surveillance Technology (ASSIST) is a project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention SHEPheRD program to evaluate the use of patient-generated health data (PGHD) and mobile devices in post-operative SSI surveillance. This evaluation has culminated in a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) report which presents our findings. The HTA outlines best practice recommendations and gaps in current knowledge on the use of mobile devices and PGHD in SSI surveillance in several areas, including practice, research, and public health surveillance to address CDC’s clinical and public health priorities.

     

    As part of our work we are inviting public comment on the HTA, which will be posted on our website between January 7th and February 28th, 2019. We invite you to come to https://assisthta.wixsite.com/project/blog to review the HTA report and provide comment. Feedback will inform revisions to the HTA submitted to CDC.

     

    Thank you,

    The ASSIST Project Team


    Heather Evans, MD, MS
    Co-Principal Investigator                                
    Vice Chair of Clinical Research and Applied Informatics
    Professor of Surgery
    Medical University of South Carolina 

     

    William Lober, MD, MS
    Co-Principal Investigator
    Professor, Health Informatics and Global Health
    University of Washington        


    Danielle Lavallee, PharmD, PhD         
    Co-Investigator
    Research Associate Professor, Surgery
    University of Washington

     

    Jenney Lee, MA
    Qualitative Research Coordinator
    Surgical Outcomes Research Center
    University of Washington