New hand hygiene data collection process uses Google

Researchers from University of Louisville (Ky.) School of Public Health and Information Sciences, University of Louisville School of Medicine and New York City-based Lenox Hill Hospital developed a new hand hygiene data collection process and an automated reporting engine.

The researchers detailed the process in American Journal of Infection Control.

The researchers' process involves a three-step approach:

• Creating a data collection form using Google Forms
• Transferring data from the form to a spreadsheet using Google Spreadsheets
• Creating an automated, cloud-based analytics platform for report generation using R and RStudio Shiny software

A tutorial of the creation and use of the free tool can be found on YouTube. And the on-demand reporting tool can be accessed here.

"This data collection and automated analytics engine provides an easy-to-use environment for evaluating hand hygiene data; it also provides rapid feedback to healthcare workers," researchers concluded.

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