Hand hygiene is the number one line of defense when it comes to controlling the spread of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and infectious disease.  Since we know that antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance is on the rise, and few new antibiotics are being developed, it becomes exceedingly important that we prevent people from acquiring these infections in the first place.

We know that hand-washing is effective when done right, and we know that when monitored, we do it right. In fact, right after we recorded this podcast the Jama Network showed us that patient mortality decreased during unannounced accreditation surveys at US Hospitals. The point is that you can expect what you inspect.

Episode 004 (part 3 of our IPAC series):

On this episode, we get into the details with Tamás Haidegger and discuss:

  1. Why hand hygiene is so important
  2. How the struggle to get it right goes back to the 1800s
  3. The complex human psychology that we need to address to solve this problem
  4. The astonishing number of people who fail hand-washing tests even when they know they’re being monitored
  5. Engineering solutions that can help keep us objective
  6. How hand-hygiene can save the U.S. healthcare system $9 Billion next year

This conversation is way more fun than you think it’s going to be and very informative. I hope you enjoy!

– Don Lee

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About Tamás Haidegger

Tamás Haidegger received his M.Sc. degrees from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering in 2006 and 2008, respectively. His Ph.D. thesis (2011) was based on a neurosurgical robot he helped develop when he was a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University. His main field of research is control/teleoperation of surgical robots, image-guided therapy, and supportive medical technologies.

Currently, he is an associate professor at the Óbuda University, serving as the deputy director of the Antal Bejczy Center for Intelligent Robotic. Besides, he is a research area manager at the Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology (ACMIT), working on minimally invasive surgical simulation and training, medical robotics and usability/workflow assessment through ontologies.

Tamás is the co-founder and CEO of a university spin-off—HandInScan—focusing on objective hand hygiene control in the medical environment. They are working together with Semmelweis University, the University Hospital Geneva and the World Health Organization POPS group.

About HandInScan

HandInScan Zrt. is a health-tech company focusing on the unmet and critical need of reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) that causes more than 250,000 unnecessary deaths in the developed world and 1.4 million cases a day worldwide.

HandInScan was formed in 2012 as a spin-off of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). As a spinoff project, HandInScan was incubated at Demola from 2013. Original founders were private individuals from the engineering development team, aiming to create a device to objectively control hand hygiene performance of medical staff. The innovation and the technology transfer received numerous international awards. After the initial successful validation with early prototypes of the Hand-in-Scan device, the application domains were significantly extended to target clean manufacturing sites, the food industry and high-end tourism. The founders’ core team skill set included biomedical engineering, infection prevention and control, electrical engineering, computer science, finance, marketing and project management. The company exclusively licensed the relevant patent from BME, entitled “Method and apparatus for hand disinfection quality control (HU P1000523)”.

HandInScan has a key partnership agreement with its regional development partner, the Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology (ACMIT), and continued working together with researchers at BME.


Twitter: @HandInScan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/handinscan

Tamás also mentioned the World Health Organization’s Hand Hygiene day on May 5th, 2017. Learn more here.

About the Infection Prevention and Control Series

This episode is part of The #HCBiz Show’s Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) series. We’d like to thank our partners InfectionControl.tips and the Center of Excellence for Infection Prevention and Control (COE IPAC) for their support and guidance with the series.

About InfectionControl.tips

InfectionControl.tips is a Pan-Access journal that extends globally and touches locally. www.IC.tips is: Free to Publish. Free to Access and provides Accessible Scientific Services.

About Center of Excellence for Infection Prevention and Control (COE IPAC)

Center of Excellence for Infection Prevention and Control (COE IPAC) is a collaborative effort to accelerate and support new solutions that hold the promise of significantly advancing infection prevention and control. On a quarterly basis, the Center of Excellence will evaluate at least 3 international innovations – giving them access to independent testing, publication as well as a US commercialization site.

The #HCBiz Show! is produced by Glide Health IT, LLC in partnership with Netspective Media.