Remote Surveillance | PINC AI

Kristen Bueby
Kristen Bueby is a board-certified Infection Preventionist and Master Prepared in Public Health with over 15 years of experience in healthcare. She started her clinical career working as a Registered and Licensed Dietitian in acute care and transitioned to Infection Prevention upon completion of her Master in Public Health degree. Kristen has worked in Infection Prevention for nearly 10 years. Her areas of interest are in NHSN surveillance and reporting, outbreak investigation and quality improvement. She assists TheraDoc members with surveillance, training and issue resolution.

Anne Kithcart
Anne Kithcart works as a Clinical Consultant for Premier Inc. She has been board-certified in Infection Control and Epidemiology for over twenty years, working in the acute care and in-patient rehabilitation settings. Anne received her bachelor’s degree in nursing at West Texas A&M University and her master’s degree in nursing from American Sentinel University. Anne has experience working with multiple electronic medical record and surveillance systems.

Eileen Yaeger
Eileen Yaeger is a board-certified Infection Preventionist and has 40 years of experience in clinic and hospital laboratory science, reference laboratory science, clinical healthcare management, infection prevention, public health and clinical consulting. She has a Doctoral degree in Public Health-Epidemiology, a master’s degree in Public Health (Epidemiology) and a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology.

Jennifer Hernandez
Jennifer Hernandez is board-certified in Infection Prevention (CIC®) and has a master’s degree in Epidemiology from Michigan State University. She has over 20 years of experience in healthcare. She has been with Premier since 2012, providing clinical consulting to TheraDoc Infection Prevention and Pharmacy members in addition to performing remote surveillance and teaching eUniversity courses.

Elizabeth Curnow
Elizabeth Curnow has worked in healthcare for over 20 years and has experience in Epidemiology and Infection Prevention across the spectrum including public health, academia and research. She has a Doctoral degree in Public Health from the University of Texas, School of Public Health, a master’s degree in Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) from George Washington University and a Master of Education degree from Wayland Baptist University. She is board-certified in Infection Control and Epidemiology and a Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Susan Hudson
Susan Hudson has worked in healthcare for more than 20 years, starting as a volunteer in high school and continuing to pursue her passion to provide better patient and community outcomes by pursuing a Bachelor of Nursing to become a Registered Nurse, Master of Public Health with some time in law school at Nova Southeastern in Florida. She was licensed in Healthcare Risk Management in Florida and is board-certified in Infection Control and Epidemiology and a Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. She has varied patient care experience in neurology, home health, nurse recruitment, long-term care as well as appeals nurse and medical malpractice defense legal nurse consulting.

Karen Kistner
Karen Kistner is board-certified in Infection Control and Epidemiology and a certified health education specialist. Karen received bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Psychology from the University of Rochester and a Master of Public Health from the George Washington University. Her career has taken her from working as an epidemiologist in state health departments, infection prevention at acute care hospitals, and most recently, as a Clinical Consultant with Premier Inc. working to support infection practitioners, pharmacists and other healthcare providers in optimizing workflows and improving patient care and outcomes via utilization of clinical surveillance tools.

Remote Surveillance

Rethink How You Deploy Infection Preventionists

How it Works

Our Infection Prevention (IP) Clinical Consultants remotely review electronic health record (EHR) data and TheraDoc® (or other clinical surveillance application) to identify and document potential hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). After a collaborative assessment, our Clinical Consultants will work to determine the needs and scope of remote activities.

Surveillance Activities

  • Review and triage HAI surveillance data.

  • Detailed chart review.

  • Weekly review with onsite IPs to review infections and trends.

  • Provide a daily notification of significant surveillance findings that require prompt action.

  • Preliminary documentation of HAIs for National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) upload.

What You Can Expect

  • Access an experienced IP consultant.

  • Help eliminate the burden of data review.

  • Enable IPs to get out of the office and into clinical areas.

  • Augment staff and “bridge” staff shortages.

  • Help empower IPs to act “more timely” on data.

  • Professional mentorship to new or inexperienced IPs.

  • Help lower infection rates yielding lower LOS, mortality rates and readmission.

“The PINC AI™ clinical consultant was able to act as a surveillance mentor to novice infection preventionsits which allowed us to standardize our surveillance processes and ultimately make our program stronger.”

- Julie McCord, System Director of Infection Prevention at North Mississippi Health Services

Discover how the partnership between North Mississippi Health Services and PINC AI™ solutions empowered their IPs to act faster to prevent infections with the support of PINC AI™ data.

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Each member of our U.S.-based Infection Preventionist team has a minimum of 10 years of experience. We look forward to applying our wealth of knowledge to support your organization.