Resistance of bacteria to antibiotics is increasing at an alarming rate, but tracking antimicrobial resistance is challenging for most health care providers given that antibiogram reports can take months to create.
Bringing current and local data quickly and directly to prescribers has the potential to reduce variations in care, improve outcomes, limit the spread of antimicrobial resistance and enable unit level surveillance to allow for the design of more effective interventions.
In partnership with Keith Hamilton, Kevin Haynes, Jimish Mehta and Teqqa LLC, our team outlined a plan to develop an interface for health care providers to access antibiogram data in real-time using the Penn Data Store (PDS).
Now available, the software enables practitioners to monitor the behavior of infections locally, regionally and most importantly, within their health care facilities. Users can search for susceptibilities based on demographic data such as entity, location (ICU or non-ICU), source (blood, urine, respiratory, etc.), and organism (individual or various combinations). Data gleaned from the interface has informed and changed empiric treatment guidelines on hospital and unit levels.