Recommendations for Public Health and Informatics Partners to Support Uptake of the National Healthcare Safety Network’s Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Modules

Infections caused by antimicrobial‐resistant organisms are a grave threat to our nation’s health. Key strategies for combating this threat include tracking antimicrobial‐resistant infections, performing prevention and control activities, and evaluating the effectiveness of such activities in healthcare facilities in real‐time. The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) is an important healthcare‐associated infection tracking system that utilizes data from multiple sources.

Funded and supported by CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, NHSN relies on data from healthcare facilities and provides a bridge between clinical care and public health. NHSN is used for a range of healthcare‐associated infection (HAI) surveillance purposes and the antimicrobial use (AU) and antimicrobial resistance (AR) modules help public health, healthcare stakeholders, and providers identify, prevent, and respond to AR outbreaks using data available from the unit, facility, regional, and state levels.

As such, JPHIT has released a document that highlights common barriers to healthcare facilities adopting and reporting AU/AR data to NHSN and makes three recommendations for Public Health and Informatics partners to support uptake of NHSN’s antimicrobial use and resistance modules.