Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program
The Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program is one of two programs in the Center for Health Care Quality of the California Department of Public Health. The Program was created by mandate to oversee the prevention, surveillance and reporting of healthcare-associated infections in California's general acute care hospitals. HAIs are the most common complication of hospital care. It is estimated that each year there are 722,000 infections, 75,000 deaths, and 1 in 25 hospital patients at any given time has an infection contracted during the course of their hospital care. HAIs result in an estimated $30 billion in excess healthcare costs nationally each year. Since 2010, the HAI Program has: produced annual public reports of hospital HAI data to inform choices of healthcare consumers and prompt providers to take actions to prevent infections; actively engaged in HAI prevention by performing site visits to hospitals with high infection rates, convening prevention collaboratives, and providing infection prevention education; and provided consultation and assistance to local public health for infection outbreaks that occur in healthcare facilities. The vision of the HAI Program is to eliminate HAIs for all Californians.