Cold and flu season is upon us, and thanks to a new report developed by a team in the Department of Pathology and Immunology, individuals in the BJC hospital system and School of Medicine can better track pathogens causing common illnesses.
A collaborative team including members of the BJH Molecular Infectious Disease Laboratory and P&I Informatics has developed a Weekly Pathogen Report to monitor pathogen positivity rates across hospitals. The report includes all patient testing in the BJC hospital system and is updated weekly, giving users the most current information about pathogen trends. It shows the previous week’s positives, the total tests performed, positivity rates, four-week averages, and trends per pathogen.
The Weekly Pathogen Report is easy to navigate. Users can go from the report’s main page to pathogen-specific pages by clicking on the pathogen names. They will then see two charts: The first with weekly positives (if positives are present), and the second with seasonal data from the last 4+ seasons.
A special thank you to everyone in the Department of Pathology and Immunology who has contributed to the build and launch of the report, including:
- Daniel Aguirre-Duran, Application Developer
- Mary Niedringhaus, Project Manager
- Greg Robbins, Application Developer Lead
- Neil Anderson, MD, D(ABMM), Medical Director, BJH Molecular Infectious Disease Laboratory
- Bijal Parikh, MD, PhD, Associate Medical Director, BJH Molecular Infectious Disease Laboratory