Epocrates has launched a free mobile app that is an antimicrobial susceptibility reference that provides geolocated bacterial resistance data sourced from athenahealth’s cloud-based EHR to support your clinical decision-making at the point of care.
“Epocrates Bugs + Drugs is a game-changer in the clinical toolbox. Traditionally, hospitals have tracked resistance trends on inpatients. Now, Bugs + Drugs goes beyond the hospital setting, transforming lab results from athenahealth’s cloud-based EHR database of 15 million patients into geotargeted data to help physicians identify common and uncommon bugs in the communities where their patients live. Clinicians can access critical resistance information to formulate the best treatment plan. It’s one step closer to personalized medicine,” said Dr. Anne Meneghetti, Executive Director of Medical Information at Epocrates, an athenahealth company. “This app is a perfect example of pairing athenahealth’s big data with Epocrates’ mobile expertise to better equip caregivers to make confident and efficient decisions in the moments of care. Decisions made in those moments can affect future antibiotic resistance for the entire population.”
“The convenience of this app with its localized content provides great insights from an infectious diseases perspective. The real-time, geographic-specific information of the proportions of specific organisms for a particular type of infection and the susceptibility profiles of those organisms allows for more prudent use of antibiotics, which is a major benefit to the patient and the health system,” said Dr. Rajesh Gupta, Infectious Disease Specialist.
To use the app, health care providers simply enter their patient’s location, then intuitively view bacteria common to the area and explore potential bacterial resistance patterns. Epocrates Bugs + Drugs features:
Lists of bacteria observed in urine, blood, and skin for geolocated communities across the country
Antibiotic drug options organized by organism susceptibility
Epocrates’ trusted drug content, including dosing and contraindication information with links to complete monographs
Continual updates from athenahealth’s cloud-based EHR database
A sleek, image-rich interface designed specifically for Apple’s iOS 7 operating system