The University of Chicago Medicine is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Among its inspired professionals is infectious disease specialist Dr. Emily Landon, MD, who has changed the landscape in fighting hospital-acquired infections. Her expertise in fighting the flu has proven to be a valuable base in building defenses for Coronavirus. Her work continues to save many lives via enhanced handwashing.
Her work for real-time reporting and validated compliance has all but replaced the former “Secret Shopper” protocol. Her pioneering work led researchers and technology suppliers to develop an electronic handwash monitoring system capable of motivating sustainable behavior change. Under Dr. Landon’s leadership handwashing compliance was more than doubled. In this interview with Handwashing For Life’s founder, Jim Mann, she guides you through her journey and lays out the hospital’s path forward.