Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program
Welcome to the newly redesigned website for the Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program. Our new site is an active source of information provided for the health and well-being of Californians. Our aim is to provide simplicity, ease of use, transparency of data, and the most valuable HAI information, education, and prevention resources. We hope you enjoy viewing our new website, and if you have questions or comments, please refer to the “Contact Us” page.
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; Activley 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.