Preventing Hospital Acquired Infections through a Workflow-based Cyber-physical System

Maria Iuliana Bocicor, Arthur-Jozsef Molnar, Cristian Taslitchi


Hospital acquired infections (HAI) are infections acquired within the hospital from healthcare workers, patients or from the environment, but which have no connection to the initial reason for the patient’s hospital admission. HAI are a serious world-wide problem, leading to an increase in mortality rates, duration of hospitalisation as well as significant economic burden on hospitals. Although clear preventive guidelines exist, studies show that compliance to them is frequently poor. This paper details the software perspective for an innovative, business process software based cyber-physical system that will be implemented as part of a European Union-funded research project. The system is composed of a network of sensors mounted in different sites around the hospital, a series of wearables used by the healthcare workers and a server side workflow engine. For better understanding, we describe the system through the lens of a single, simple clinical workflow that is responsible for a significant portion of all hospital infections. The goal is that when completed, the system will be configurable in the sense of facilitating the creation and automated monitoring of those clinical workflows that when combined, account for over 90% of hospital infections.


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Paper Citation

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Bocicor M., Molnar A. and Taslitchi C. (2016). Preventing Hospital Acquired Infections through a Workflow-based Cyber-physical System . In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Software Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE, ISBN 978-989-758-189-2, pages 63-68. DOI: 10.5220/0005916900630068

in Bibtex Style

author={Maria Iuliana Bocicor and Arthur-Jozsef Molnar and Cristian Taslitchi},
title={Preventing Hospital Acquired Infections through a Workflow-based Cyber-physical System},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Software Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Software Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE,
TI - Preventing Hospital Acquired Infections through a Workflow-based Cyber-physical System
SN - 978-989-758-189-2
AU - Bocicor M.
AU - Molnar A.
AU - Taslitchi C.
PY - 2016
SP - 63
EP - 68
DO - 10.5220/0005916900630068