Prevention and control of hospital and community acquired infections caused by multi drug resistant organisms (MDROs) are one major priority nowadays for health care systems worldwide. To improve actions and plans to tackle this problem, the creation of automated regional, national and international MDRO surveillance networks is a mandatory path for international health Institutions and Ministries. In this paper, the authors report on the surveillance system designed for the Abruzzo Region (Central Italy) to monitor the prevalence of MDROs in both infected and colonized patients, to verify appropriateness of antibiotic prescription in hospitalized patients and to interact with other national and sovra-national networks. Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach, different Healthcare Service Specification Project (HSSP) standards, local, national and international terminology and Clinical Document Architecture Release 2 (CDA R2) were adopted to design the overall architecture of this regional surveillance system. The Authors discuss the state of implementation of the project, itemizing specific design and implementation choices adopted so far and sketching next steps and reasons of some design and implementation choices, and indicate the next steps.
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