The resistance of bacteria to antibiotics is increasing at an alarming rate, but tracking antimicrobial resistance is challenging for most health systems 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 a team led by Keith Hamilton, MD, members of our team worked to develop an interface for health care providers to access antibiogram data in real-time using the Penn Data Store (PDS).
Teqqa, LLC enables clinicians to monitor the behavior of infections locally, regionally and most importantly, within specific health care facilities. Users can determine susceptibility patterns of bacteria throughout the health system as well as search by their patients’ particular demographics.
In the prior state, the process of generating antibiograms took approximately two months per antibiogram and was often only run every two to three years. In the current state, data is generated instantaneously.
The team has continued to refine and improve the software since its release. The current version allows prescribers to communicate with infectious diseases experts to ask for advice on specific patients using a Twitter-like format, request antibiotics that require approval in the hospital through the app or webpage and easily access the iAntibiogram, as well as health system guidelines for treatment, prophylaxis, and dosing.