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GOJO Interactive Breakfast Symposium: The Hand Hygiene Compliance Symposium Sponsored by GOJO

“It’s Time to Move On: Why We Need to Stop Relying on Direct Observation and Embrace Automated Hand Hygiene Monitoring as the New Gold Standard”
2.0 CE Credits
Wednesday, June 14th, 5:30am – 7:30am
Breakfast Buffet will begin at 5:15 am
Oregon Convention Center, Ballroom 202,203

Colin Furness, MISt, PhD, MPH

Colin Furness, MISt, PhD, MPH

Dr. Colin Furness is an assistant professor of knowledge management and information management at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, and is cross-appointed to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. With a focus on designing for knowledge work, Colin teaches the effective use of knowledge and information systems to improve organizational performance. Prior to his university appointment, Colin was an infection control epidemiologist, developing an innovative technology to measure hand hygiene behaviors beyond the W.H.O. moments for hand hygiene. Using this new tool, he collaborated on research which quantified the Hawthorne Effect in hand hygiene behavior, and which achieved the first objective measurement of patient hand hygiene behavior.
Emily Landon, MD

Emily Landon, MD

Emily Landon is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago in the sections of Infectious Diseases & Global Health as well as the committee for clinical pharmacology and pharmacogenomics and the MacLean Center for Medical Ethics. She is the Hospital Epidemiologist and serves as the medical director for the Infection Control Program. After medical school at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, she completed her medical residency, chief residency, and fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She also completed her fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics at the MacLean Center. Dr. Landon leads the infection control program at the University of Chicago and is the medical director for their Ebola Treatment Center. Her research is focused on healthcare provider behavior, specifically behavioral modification for reducing the risk of healthcare-associated infection and optimizing antimicrobial utilization. Dr. Landon is currently working on innovative ways to use technology to improve hand hygiene compliance and reduce healthcare-associated infections. Additionally, Dr. Landon is interested in the ethics of quality improvement research and the application of public health ethics to infection prevention in hospitals.


“Without change, there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” — William Pollard

Healthcare has been using the current gold standard for hand hygiene compliance monitoring, direct observation, for decades. The status quo is unlikely to lead to meaningful change. During this interactive breakfast symposium, the speakers will highlight the issues with direct observation and discuss why healthcare facilities seeking better outcomes will need to move away from this method. You will hear from an acute care facility that has been an early adopter and pioneer of automated hand hygiene monitoring technology. They will share their journey from evaluation to implementation to sustainment, while also describing their business case and providing perspective on C-level engagement.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the limitations of the current gold standard, direct observation, and why it is not likely to lead to meaningful change.
  2. List the conditions for success when implementing an automated hand hygiene monitoring system.
  3. Describe how automated hand hygiene monitoring technology can align with the objectives of the C-Suite and how to utilize the tools provided in this session to begin the dialogue.
Breakfast will be provided and CE credits are also available for those that attend. Register today!

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