Drug and medical device distributor Cardinal Health has launched its new tool, Antibiotic Analytics dashboard, at ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting to help hospitals improve antibiotic stewardship efforts.

The new tool was designed to allow pharmacists to quickly analyse antibiotic use trends and determine opportunities to enhance antibiotic stewardship efforts.

Cardinal Health Innovative Delivery Solutions business general manager Tom Burke said: "From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiatives to White House executive orders, antibiotic resistance is a growing concern for hospitals and health systems, nationwide, making antibiotic stewardship top-of-mind for many pharmacy leaders.

"This new tool provides pharmacists with the actionable insight they need to develop proactive antibiotic stewardship programs, measure and continually improve them – all in an effort to improve patient safety and reduce unnecessary healthcare costs."

Developed as part of Cardinal Health’s Drug Cost Opportunity Analytics software package, the tool can track and benchmark antibiotic selection and use over time and evaluates susceptibility and resistance patterns.

"The new tool was designed to allow pharmacists to quickly analyse antibiotic use trends and determine opportunities to enhance antibiotic stewardship efforts."

It also determines the best pharmaceutical agent for each hospital’s specific patient population.

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Cardinal Health’s software package is a web-based technology that provides data and insights to help hospital pharmacy leaders to manage drug spending.

In addition to supporting current antibiotic stewardship programmes, the tool provides health system-level reporting, identifies IV-to-PO comparisons to benchmark and integrates antibiograms with antibiotic use trending.

The dashboard also allows users to switch between diagnosis-related group (DRG) and prescribing physician information from antibiotic trending data, as well as serves as the foundation of antibiotic stewardship programmes.

Approximately two million people fall sick due to antibiotic-resistant infections every year, which result in 23,000 deaths annually.

Cardinal said it observed that up to 50% of antibiotic use in hospitals is inappropriate.