Bijaya Adhikari, PhD

As patients seek care, they are simultaneously being exposed to a number of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) including Clostridioides Difficile infections (CDI), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus infections (MRSA), and, as evidenced by outbreaks in several long-term care facilities, even COVID-19. An HAI outbreak within a healthcare facility inflicts a significant burden on human health as well as economic costs on healthcare providers; in fact, CDC estimates the cost of battling HAIs to be between 28 and 45 billion USD in the USA alone. Fortunately, early detection coupled with effective preventative measures can help mitigate both health and economic risks of future outbreaks. This talk presents data driven solutions for both surveilling and mitigating HAI risks by leveraging mobility data obtained from hospital operations.