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Computer decision system aided detection of invasive fungal infections

September 1, 2015

Implementation of a computer decision support system improved the accuracy in detecting invasive fungal infection risk in pediatric hematology/oncology patients, according to a recent study.  

“The burden for patients and costs to healthcare facilities associated with invasive fungal infections emphasize the need for invasive fungal infection surveillance and rational use of antifungal agents in clinical practice,” Adam Bartlett, BSc, MBBS, of the department of infectious diseases at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Australia, and colleagues wrote. “This study demonstrates the superiority of a computer decision support system-based antimicrobial stewardship program to capture invasive fungal infections in a pediatric hematology/oncology inpatient cohort compared with routine hospital diagnostic coding.”

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