2013 Mobile Star Awards Winner:
Enterprise Mobile Healthcare Reference — Epocrates Bugs + Drugs
2011 & 2012 Mobile Star Awards Winner:
Enterprise Mobile Healthcare Reference — Epocrates Rx
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Company Structure: Public Company (NASDAQ: ATHN), established in 1998
Operating Systems Supported: Android, Apple iOS
Epocrates Mobile Medical Reference Features
Epocrates Bugs + Drugs is a free mobile medical reference app that leverages cloud-based clinical data from more than 15 million patient records sourced from athenahealth’s EHR to provide clinicians with timely geolocated information about bacteria types and resistance patterns.
This antimicrobial susceptibility reference app helps clinicians identify bacteria in their patients’ communities as well as access sensitivity information to assist in determining treatment options for patients. Of course, physicians must also take into account patient-specific factors and their own judgment, which are vital to any prescribing decision.
According to a recent report issued by the CDC, every year more than two million people in the U.S. contract infections that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die as a result. Antibiotic resistant bacteria, or “superbugs” such as resistant E. coli and staph, are of great concern because they are increasingly impervious to typical antibiotics. The decision of whether to prescribe an antibiotic and the choice of drug—can affect an entire population. To compound the problem, many clinicians who work outside of hospitals are unaware of the bacteria types pervasive in their local areas. Traditionally, hospitals have tracked resistance trends on inpatients, but the new Bugs + Drugs mobile medical reference app goes beyond the hospital setting to resistance data based on patient residential zip codes—mainly outpatient data—which has never been publicly available before.
Epocrates Bugs + Drugs was born through feedback from clinicians and is one supportive element in a complex decision process. Healthcare providers can simply enter their patient’s location, then intuitively view bacteria common to the local area, explore potential bacterial resistance patterns and receive antibiotic susceptibility data for each organism.
The app features:
— Lists of bacteria observed in urine, blood and skin for geolocated communities across the country
— Antibiotic drugs 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
In its first week after launching on October 2, 2013, Epocrates Bugs + Drugs became the #1 free medical app in Apple’s App Store. Within less than a month, it reached more than 100,000 downloads and was accessed more than 300,000 times, with an average of approximately 4,000 uses each day. Epocrates Bugs + Drugs is a game-changing innovation that is transforming healthcare delivery, with a direct impact on patient care and outcomes.