Development of a clinical data warehouse for hospital infection control

J Am Med Inform Assoc. Sep-Oct 2003;10(5):454-62. doi: 10.1197/jamia.M1299. Epub 2003 Jun 4.


Existing data stored in a hospital's transactional servers have enormous potential to improve performance measurement and health care quality. Accessing, organizing, and using these data to support research and quality improvement projects are evolving challenges for hospital systems. The authors report development of a clinical data warehouse that they created by importing data from the information systems of three affiliated public hospitals. They describe their methodology; difficulties encountered; responses from administrators, computer specialists, and clinicians; and the steps taken to capture and store patient-level data. The authors provide examples of their use of the clinical data warehouse to monitor antimicrobial resistance, to measure antimicrobial use, to detect hospital-acquired bloodstream infections, to measure the cost of infections, and to detect antimicrobial prescribing errors. In addition, they estimate the amount of time and money saved and the increased precision achieved through the practical application of the data warehouse.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Blood-Borne Pathogens
  • Computer Communication Networks
  • Computer Systems
  • Cross Infection / microbiology
  • Cross Infection / prevention & control
  • Database Management Systems
  • Databases as Topic / organization & administration*
  • Drug Resistance, Microbial*
  • Hospital Information Systems*
  • Hospitals, Public
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / methods*
  • Infections / diagnosis
  • Software