The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and Minnesota - Minnesota Dept. of Health

National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) is a secure, internet-based surveillance system managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NHSN is open to a variety of health care facilities in the United States.

About NHSN

  • CDC: New to NHSN? Enroll Facility Here
    Enrollment information for facilities.
    MDH can provide technical assistance for facilities enrolling in NHSN. Contact the Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Unit at 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414.

Hospital NHSN User Group

  • Hospital NHSN User Group
    The Hospital NHSN User Group provides a venue for MN hospitals to discuss NHSN use and is facilitated by Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA), Stratis Health, MDH, and the Minnesota Chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC MN).

NHSN Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Module

  • NHSN Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Module
    This module is a system that hospitals can use to track the use of antibiotics and the occurrence of drug-resistant infections. Reports can give facilities important information to help reduce overuse of antibiotics, and in turn, help to reduce the incidence of antibiotic-resistant infections.

MDH NHSN Data Quality Reviews

  • MDH conducts quarterly quality reviews of NHSN data for Minnesota Acute Care PPS Hospitals. Each hospital’s results are sent by email two weeks before CMS reporting deadlines.
  • For more information about data quality reviews, or to change the contact at a facility, contact the Health Care-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Unit by calling 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414.

MDH NHSN Data Use Agreement (DUA) with CDC

MDH entered a Data Use Agreement (DUA) with CDC in 2013 and is updating the DUA in 2017. This establishes a formal data access and data use relationship between CDC and the MDH. The agreement covers individual-identifiable and institution-identifiable data that have been submitted to NHSN by health care institutions in Minnesota. The DUA stipulates that MDH may only use the data for health care-associated infection (HAI) surveillance and prevention purposes and not for legal or regulatory action. Public reporting of facility-level results by MDH is also prohibited.


  • As part of the process to update the MDH NHSN DUA, CDC held an informational webinar on November 17, 2017 for interested infection prevention and quality improvement staff from Minnesota hospitals, outpatient dialysis centers and ambulatory surgery centers.

Updated Monday, 04-Feb-2019 11:36:32 CST