“Making Microbiology Culture Data Usable in a Health Information Exchange: Alerting Infection Preventionists about Patients with Multi-Drug-Resistant Organisms,” will be presented by Marc Rosenman, MD, associate professor of Pediatrics in Children’s Health Services Research at Indiana University’s School of Medicine. The free public talk – part of the Chancellor’s Leadership Forum – is slated Thursday, June 12, 2-3 p.m. on UNM’s North Campus in Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education, room 2112.

Preventing the spread of multi-drug-resistant organisms (MDROs) is a growing topic of concern in healthcare. Outbreaks of carbapenem-resistant gram-negative bacteria among hospitalized patients have elicited national attention and underscored the danger of healthcare-associated infections. When patients visit more than one hospital, an MDRO may spread. Organisms spreading within hospitals also is a risk.

Rosenman is leading the effort to build a regional system that makes laboratory microbiology culture data usable for decision support and alerts hospitals when a patient with a history of MDRO is admitted. He and his team cull microbiology data from Health Level Seven version 2 (HL7v2) messages that hospitals send to a health information exchange.

“The principal informatics problem surrounding this issue is that hospitals who send out data often do not structure their messages in standard format,” Rosenman notes. “Our team built a correction engine that deals with incorrect message structure and/or content. It parses key data elements needed for infection-control alerts, such as the antibiotics that were tested and the health care facility where a sample was drawn. Then we can integrate these data elements into email alerts to hospital infection preventionists.”

In his talk, Rosenman will discuss system implementation, as well as its early results, challenges and future opportunities.

“Dr. Rosenman is an accomplished pediatrics health services researcher who has done interesting work using data from electronic health records and health information exchanges,” says Philip Kroth, MD, director of Biomedical Informatics Research, Training and Scholarship for UNM’s Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center (HSLIC). “His work using health information technology to control the spread of antibiotic resistant infections is cutting-edge. We are hoping to form a research collaboration with him.” HSLIC is co-sponsoring the lecture.

The public is welcome to attend. Metered parking is available in the “M” Lot at Tucker and Yale. Please contact Libbye Morris at 272-6975 or lamorris@salud.unm.edu if you plan to attend.