Our Purpose

To increase safety, reduce avoidable harm and eliminate unnecessary costs at hospitals nationwide by leading the change in hand hygiene measurement policy and guidelines at accreditation organizations, government agencies, health insurers and hospitals.

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Why are SMART Hand Hygiene Systems Important?

It is proven that Hand Hygiene Compliance (HHC) rates are typically overstated by up to 300% – that means if your compliance is 90% with Direct Observation (DO), you’re more likely to be closer to 30%. And without knowing that your real compliance is this low you have no sense of urgency to
improve it.

“Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.” – W. Edwards Deming

Until recently, it was impossible to capture and provide feedback on 100% of hand hygiene behavior 24/7/365 on every shift, every day. But now, with the advent of SMART Hand Hygiene Compliance Systems (Systems that Measure Accurately and in Real Time) it is possible to have accurate and reliable data on 100% of hand hygiene events, free of the Hawthorne Effect, and in a cost effective manner.

“If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.” – Dr. H. James Harrington

Here is evidence why SMART Hand Hygiene Systems are more accurate and reliable than Direct Observation:

Compliance was measured three ways on the same patient population for 15 months at a 750+ bed Greenville, SC teaching hospital – Direct Observation (DO), Video Monitoring (with patient consent) and electronically using a SMART Hand Hygiene Compliance (HHC) System. The video monitoring and SMART HHC System rates were statistically equivalent for the final 12 months of the study with DO overstating compliance by an average of 33%. This study proved the accuracy and reliability of an electronic monitoring system and proved the Hawthorne Effect really does produce overstated and unreliable HHC rates. (Study published in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control (ARIC), June 2013; accepted for presentation at the International Consortium on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) 2013, Geneva, Switzerland.)

For more real world results achieved by facilities using SMART Hand Hygiene Compliance Systems click here.

(All real world studies are available upon request.)

About EHCO

EHCO / Electronic Hand hygiene Compliance Organization

EHCO™ is a consortium of healthcare technology companies that provide SMART (Systems that Measure Accurately and in Real-Time) hand hygiene compliance systems. EHCO’s member companies are committed to lead and influence changes in policy and guidelines at accreditation organizations, government agencies, health insurers and hospitals along with educating consumers on this important public health and patient safety issue.

The intended outcome of our work is the reduction of avoidable harm and its economic burden by changing the standard of care from manual direct observation to electronic measurement that captures 100% of hand hygiene compliance behavior 24/7/365.

Members

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ABOUT AIRISTA
Headquartered in Sparks, Maryland with additional offices in Annapolis, AiRISTA is the leading provider of true Wi-Fi based RFID, RTLS, and GPS technologies. AiRISTA offers the most robust and flexible RTLS workflow platform offered in the market supporting many applications such AiRISTA’s scalable Wi-Fi and BLE Hand Hygiene offering. Highly flexible, AiRISTA deploys Active, Passive and Wi-Fi RTLS solutions through its proprietary hardware, a customer’s existing RTLS infrastructure, or mix of different technologies, all managed through one platform, ensuring proper pairing of hardware to use case. AiRISTA leverages this hardware flexibility with the company’s internationally recognized Unified Visibility Software platform. The UVS platform provides fully customizable Track and Trace solutions, a robust highly configurable business rules engine, alert and alarm management and a powerful centralized system integration BUS, able to provide connectivity between any localized software platforms. AiRISTA services a broad spectrum of industries with core focus on Healthcare, Logistics, Aerospace and Oil & Gas. More information the company and offerings can be found at www.airista.com

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ABOUT CENTRAK
CenTrak® is the leading provider of precise, versatile and cost-effective visibility solutions for healthcare. CenTrak’s Clinical-Grade Visibility™ platform delivers unmatched accuracy, speed, performance and power-efficiency making it a smarter technology investment. CenTrak’s Gen2IR™ technology delivers certainty-based location data, a requirement for workflow and other key healthcare management applications. CenTrak is currently deployed at hundreds of world-class healthcare facilities in the US, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. www.centrak.com

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ABOUT DEBMED
DebMed is the healthcare program of the Deb Group. The DebMed program offers innovative hand hygiene products, electronic compliance measurement technology and improvement tools. The DebMed® GMS™ (Group Monitoring System), winner of the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Hand Hygiene Solutions New Product Innovation Award, is the world’s first and only system to report hand hygiene compliance rates based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Five Moments for Hand Hygiene” and to date has recorded more than 125 million hand hygiene events. The system is being utilized in a four year, multi-site research project being conducted by the Columbia University School of Nursing and funded by a $1.2 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In 2015 Deb Group was acquired by SC Johnson, a privately held, family company and one of the worlds leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care. For more information, visit www.debmed.com.

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ABOUT HILL-ROM HOLDINGS, INC.
Hill-Rom is a leading global medical technology company with approximately 10,000 employees worldwide. We partner with health care providers in more than 100 countries by focusing on patient care solutions that improve clinical and economic outcomes in five core areas: Advancing Mobility, Wound Care and Prevention, Clinical Workflow, Surgical Safety and Efficiency, and Respiratory Health. Around the world, Hill-Rom’s people, products, and programs work towards one mission: Enhancing outcomes for patients and their caregivers. To learn more about Hill-Rom’s Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution, please click here.

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ABOUT VERSUS TECHNOLOGY
As a pioneer in automated hand hygiene solutions, Versus Technology, Inc. specializes in Real-time Locating Systems (RTLS) for healthcare. Used by more than 800 hospitals and healthcare organizations for enterprise patient tracking, bed management, asset management, and automated hand hygiene monitoring, Versus improves patient flow and documentation of caregiver and patient interactions, while enhancing safety, communication and efficiency. The Versus infrared (IR), Wi-Fi, and Active RFID solution is responsible for clinical-grade location and automation at hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities worldwide. To learn more about Versus, our technology and client successes, visit versustech.com

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ABOUT BIOVIGIL
BIOVIGIL Hygiene Technologies, LLC is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Developing effective and compelling hygiene technologies is our sole business focus. Our company differentiates itself from competitive solutions with a number of patents, which are unique to our product use-case and system solutions for hand hygiene detection and reporting. BIOVIGIL’s patented technology can be easily deployed in any circumstance where monitoring and compliance to hand hygiene policies are essential to protecting, or improving patient and/or staff safety. For more information visit www.biovigilsystems.com

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ABOUT CLEAN HANDS – SAFE HANDS
Clean Hands Safe Hands (CHSH) is a technology company that has developed a cost-effective, wireless, proprietary technology for the healthcare market. CHSH helps hospitals monitor and improve hand hygiene compliance by transforming simple dispensers into a secure connected device analytics platform. This data and sensor network change provider behavior that leads to improved patient safety and reduced costs. See http://www.cleanhands-safehands.com to learn more.

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ABOUT ECOLAB
At Ecolab, our focus is on improving the world by making it cleaner, safer and healthier. Ecolab partners with customers to help increase efficiency, improve outcomes and reduce the risk of HAIs by delivering comprehensive solutions facility-wide. We provide personal support in implementing and maintaining a comprehensive hand hygiene program with electronic compliance monitoring that can help you overcome hand hygiene barriers, tailor training and awareness programs, and target areas for effective intervention. We enable the improvement of facility compliance with a full portfolio of products and dispensers designed to meet your needs, as well as keep hand hygiene top of mind with an individualized training program. To find out more, visit www.ecolab.com.

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ABOUT SWIPESENSE
SwipeSense transforms the way healthcare organizations manage infection control. Our products ensure every hand hygiene event performed by staff is recorded, along with date, time and location-specific information, to provide risk and infection prevention professionals with the compliance data needed to effectively administer their organization’s quality initiatives and correlate hand hygiene data with infection outbreaks. To date, SwipeSense has collected millions of datapoints in hand hygiene compliance and demonstrated significant improvement to patient safety across the US. To learn more about SwipeSense, visit www.swipesense.com

Contact

For more information on SMART hand hygiene compliance solutions and the scientific evidence behind them,
contact Paul Alper, Chairman EHCO, at chairman@ehcohealth.org or call (843) 870-4801.

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