Fighting healthcare-associated infections together –
with the new digital helper from BinDoc and HARTMANN
Every year, more than 16,000 people die of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in Germany1. To counteract this trend, the HARTMANN GROUP and BinDoc GmbH are providing German hospitals with a new digital aid: software that allows medical facilities to monitor the incidence of infections in their clinics and to initiate specific countermeasures. This simultaneously protects patients and minimizes economic losses. We interviewed Manuel Heurich, CEO of BinDoc, to ask three questions about the new tool.
For a world with fewer infections
With Mission: Infection Prevention (M: IP®), we have pooled our expertise in infection prevention since 2020. Comprehensive information, well thought-out solutions, proven products, and successful practical examples are letting us respond to healthcare-associated infections. Together with BinDoc GmbH, which specializes in digital applications in the healthcare sector, we are providing German hospitals with a new tool for this mission.
In close cooperation with BinDoc, we have developed a digital platform that simplifies the analysis and containment of healthcare-associated infections in German hospitals. The M: IP® §21-Analysis module* gives medical facilities transparency about the occurrence of infections and the resulting opportunity costs. Hospitals can then quickly initiate effective countermeasures.
* §21 KHEntG
More transparency regarding infections with the §21-Analysis module from BinDoc and HARTMANN
Saving lives with Big Data
The software can be used to localize the occurrence of infections in hospitals at any level of detail, e.g. at the departmental level. The application automatically returns various economic key figures such as costs incurred due to a diagnosed infection and the corresponding optimization potential. In addition, the impact of a specific infection on the patient's stay is analyzed. This allows data not only to counteract economic losses but also to save lives.
"Hospitals can analyze problems related to healthcare-associated infections with one click."
We interviewed Manuel Heurich, CEO of BinDoc, to ask three questions about the new tool:
How can digitalization help prevent healthcare-associated infections?
In recent years, we have seen the major positive impact that digitalization can have – both on hospitals in general as well as on clinical outcomes in particular. This trend has even increased since 2020. At BinDoc GmbH, we initially focused our software solutions on economic areas such as market and competitive analyses or reimbursement scenarios – among other reasons due to the availability of data. Now, however, increasing digitization is letting us analyze and leverage potentials in clinical outcomes.
A very important part of this is infection prevention. By building large databases with highly diverse information, we can actively help clinics prevent infection. This is clear added value that would not be possible without digitization, and which ultimately benefits patients.
What benefits can clinics expect from the M: IP® §21-Analysis module from BinDoc and HARTMANN?
First and foremost, it gives them excellent transparency about the incidence of infections. Until now, such information has not been available in this manner. Hospitals can analyze problem areas in healthcare-associated infections with one click. Our tool also provides data on the costs of these infections and their clinical impact on patients. For example, healthcare-associated infections lengthen hospital stays. This leads to a higher workload for hospital staff, a reduction in hospital bed capacity, and significantly higher costs.
By bundling the know-how of the HARTMANN GROUP, which has considerable expertise in managing infection, and our know-how in the field of big data analytics and clinic management, we can support clinics in dealing with healthcare-associated infections.
Are there specific professional or technical requirements for implementing the digital solution?
An important point for us when developing the cloud solution was not to create additional work for clinics. We thus decided to access the standard data records that are typically collected in hospitals. This means that initially, clinic users have no additional work – a big advantage for the acceptance of the solution.
In addition, we placed great emphasis on simplicity and added value. This means that because it is a web-based solution, the application can be used from anywhere and is easy to operate. With just a few clicks, users – whether they are hygiene specialists, managers, or physicians – have an overview of healthcare-associated infections in their hospital. This is important for quickly identifying areas that need improvement.
For example, hygiene management staff must know the location and process of frequent healthcare-associated infections. Physicians, on the other hand, may want to look specifically for an accumulation in diagnostic groups or types of therapy. The tool is designed so that any user can get a quick overview or take a deep dive into a detailed analysis.
1 Zacher et al. Application of a new methodology and R package reveals a high burden of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) in Germany compared to the average in the European Union/European Economic Area, 2011 to 2012. Euro Surveill. 2019; 24(46): pii=1900135