The CDC is expanding its antibiotic use tracking capabilities.
A new antibiotic electronic tracking system will allow hospitals to monitor antibiotic use which should lead to better decisions about how to improve use, and compare use to other hospitals, according to a November 14 news release.  Before the new system, the CDC was only able to track antibiotic use in doctors′ offices.
The antibiotic use tracking system is currently being implemented in 70 hospitals as part of CDC′s National Healthcare Safety Network . Other hospitals participating in the Network can use the tool through the pharmacy software vendor which requires no data entry.
Pharmacy software vendors who are working with CDC′s new antibiotic use tracking system, are available at the Society for Infectious Disease Pharmacists website .