Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 36, Issue 6, pp 3765–3775 | Cite as

COSARA: Integrated Service Platform for Infection Surveillance and Antibiotic Management in the ICU

  • Kristof SteurbautEmail author
  • Kirsten Colpaert
  • Bram Gadeyne
  • Pieter Depuydt
  • Peter Vosters
  • Christian Danneels
  • Dominique Benoit
  • Johan Decruyenaere
  • Filip De Turck
Original Paper


The Intensive Care Unit is a data intensive environment where large volumes of patient monitoring and observational data are daily generated. Today, there is a lack of an integrated clinical platform for automated decision support and analysis. Despite the potential of electronic records for infection surveillance and antibiotic management, different parts of the clinical data are stored across databases in their own formats with specific parameters, making access to all data a complex and time-consuming challenge. Moreover, the motivation behind physicians’ therapy decisions is currently not captured in existing information systems. The COSARA research project offers automated data integration and services for infection control and antibiotic management for Ghent University Hospital. The platform not only gathers and integrates all relevant data, it also presents the information visually at the point of care. In this paper, we describe the design and value of COSARA for clinical treatment and infectious diseases monitoring. On the one hand, this platform can facilitate daily bedside follow-up of infections, antibiotic therapies and clinical decisions for the individual patient, while on the other hand, the platform serves as management view for infection surveillance and care quality improvement within the complete ICU ward. It is shown that COSARA is valuable for registration, real-time presentation and management of infection-related and antibiotics data.


Data integration Intensive care unit Infection surveillance Antibiotic management Service-oriented architecture 



The authors would like to thank the important contributions to the COSARA project implementation and deployment of the colleagues K. Lamont, K. Taveirne and S. Van Hoecke. This research project is funded by the IWT (Institute for the Promotion of Innovation through Science and Technology in Flanders) (project IWT-TBM COSARA).

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristof Steurbaut
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kirsten Colpaert
    • 2
  • Bram Gadeyne
    • 1
  • Pieter Depuydt
    • 2
  • Peter Vosters
    • 2
  • Christian Danneels
    • 2
  • Dominique Benoit
    • 2
  • Johan Decruyenaere
    • 2
  • Filip De Turck
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information TechnologyGhent University—IBBTGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Intensive CareGhent University HospitalGhentBelgium

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