2016 Healthcare Information Technology Virtual Learning Lab

One of the core duties of all infection preventionists (IP) is collection, analysis, and utilization of data. There are significant changes in how these data are/will be obtained, maintained, analyzed and utilized. Most IPs do not have a background in information technology, which leaves them unprepared to assure that IP needs will be addressed in the introduction of electronic health records. Further, the role of the IP will continue to change based on new definitions that support algorithmic detection of infections, and electronic file upload capabilities for infection reporting. Education is needed so that IPs can function in this changed role, including assessing data and surveillance systems, understanding IT terminology and validating and maintaining data systems for infection prevention.

APIC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

CEs: Attendees will be able to earn between 9-11 CNEs for this activity, and can only be obtained through completion of the online evaluation.


If you cancel in writing by Thursday, March 17th, your registration will be refunded less a $75 administrative free. No refunds for cancellations received after this date. No shows are non-refundable. Substitutes are allowed.

We gratefully acknowledge the premier sponsorship of Truven Health Analytics.

We appreciate the support of Strategic Partners whose commitment to infection prevention helps advance APIC’s vision of healthcare without infection.

Your Module Schedule

Janet Haas, PhD, RN, CIC

Module 1: Basics of Healthcare IT

March 14, 2016
1:00pm ET – 90 minute duration


The introductory session provides general IT knowledge that all IPs should have, including relevant key terms, the regulatory landscape that requires reporting and how healthcare information technology intersects with it. We will also provide an overview of the who’s who in your organization in IT and development.


  • Define key IT terms
  • Identify who makes IT decisions in their institutions
  • Define the data sources used for their surveillance and control activities
  • Describe regulatory drivers of HIT priorities

Amelia Bumsted, DNP, RN, CRRN, CIC

Module 2: Workflow Assessment and Redesign

March 21, 2016
1:00pm ET – 90 minute duration


This presentation is focused on creating an optimal workflow for your needs. In leveraging technology and automating certain tasks, there are many ways to improve your current workflow. We will teach you how to assess your current workflow, how to frame what you want, leading to a redesign that will make your process more efficient while achieving the best results.


  • Assess and deconstruct your current workflow
  • Focus on training for new technology to enhance your trust in new systems
  • Create a preferred workflow using available technology and automation
  • Align workflow with other departments

Marc-Oliver Wright, MT (ASCP), MS, CIC

Module 3: Electronic Medical Record Systems

March 28, 2016
1:00pm ET – 90 minute duration


What are the characteristics of an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems? EMRs are key in evaluating data quality: How is information captured and documented? What are your data parameters and the format in which you input that data? In Module 3, we will answer these questions and teach you how to develop, implement, and evaluate best practice alerts. We will also show you how to leverage EMR technology to drive change in clinical practice.


  • Recognize the characteristics of an electronic medical record (EMR) that make it conducive to streamlining surveillance efforts and other infection prevention workflows.
  • List a minimum of four practical examples of how an EMR and EMR-based data repository (EDW) can aid infection prevention programs.
  • Describe how an IC-focused EMR-based clinical decision support system can be developed and implemented.

Amelia Bumsted, DNP, RN, CRRN, CIC

Module 4: Electronic-Assisted Surveillance

April 4, 2016
1:00pm ET – 90 minute duration


Whether you have a team or you are the sole Infection Preventionist in your facility, you will run into challenges in quality assurance in the validation process, especially when new software has been implemented or there are changes in IT. This week will focus on the validation and quality assurance, managing missed documentation, and how to compare data across your EMR, as well as with data that goes to an external group.


  • Manage specifics in data management
  • Identify challenges with the validation process with implementation of new software
  • Compare electronic medical records to what data is sent to external reporting programs

Module 5: Bringing It All Together – Applying Your Learning

April 18, 2016
1:00pm ET – 90 minute duration

Instructors: Healthcare IT Advisory Council


Module 5 will be a panel discussion summarizing everything we have learned over the last four modules. This will also be an opportunity for registrants to present their course-long project evaluating their current workflow and transforming it using technology-based lessons learned.


  • Evaluate and critique workflows
  • Weigh inputs/impacts on workflow







Salah Qutaishat, PhD, CIC, FSHEA

Module 6: Emerging Technology

April 25, 2016
1:00pm ET – 90 minute duration


In the first four modules, we discuss leveraging technology to enhance your workflow. In our final module, we will present new and emerging technologies that can help track and maintain important data.


  • List existing technologies in the field of infection prevention
  • Discuss various automated hand hygiene monitoring systems
  • Leverage social media in detecting outbreaks and timely acquisition of knowledge
  • Discuss the next frontier: prediction aimed at prevention.


Why Should You Attend?

Through the six weeks of the Healthcare IT Learning Lab, attendees will learn IT terminology and who in their facility is connected to IT; discover how to analyze their workflow; and learn what current and upcoming technology can impact it. By the end of the class, each attendee will have created an ideal workflow that maximizes their time and leverages technology effectively and efficiently

What to expect

Interested in enrolling? This is what you can expect

Everything in the Data Learning Lab will be done virtually, from listening to speakers to doing assignments. Each of the class’s six modules follow this pattern:

Before each class, you will have a chance to get familiar with content through things like recommended readings and videos.

Virtual Class
Your week starts with a 90-minute Virtual-Instructor-Led class (see schedule above). The instructor will start class by looking at the previous week’s class and homework, then will talk about that week’s content.

There will be a course-long project due by Module 5. Each week will include an assignment connected to this project where you will incorporate your own experiences, including:

  • Evaluating your current IT environment and the types of data you use for surveillance and where you find this information
  • Mapping your existing workflow for surveillance
  • Mapping your preferred workflow
  • Examining data provided by the Learning Lab instructors



Registration will be available until Wednesday, March 9.

Payment: To register online with a credit card, select the Register button at the top of the page.

If paying by check, please download course registration form. and mail with payment. Please note that for the registration to be processed and access granted to the attendee, payment must be received with the form by March 9.