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About our project



Antibiotic guidelines are important to ensure that patients get appropriate treatment and to reduce the spread of resistance. But, there are currently lots of problems with guidelines, specifically, non-standardization.

Our electronic software will solve this problem by converting current guidelines into a common format, allowing different hospitals and doctors, all over the world, to access guidelines quickly and efficiently.

More patients will get the right antibiotics, and doctors will be able to spend less time searching for medications, and more time caring for their patients.

The Problem & Solution

Imagine looking for a specific recipe in an old cook book that has no index! It’s time consuming. And newer cookbooks keep coming out, so familiarizing yourself with one edition is almost pointless.

Doctors face such problems. Antibiotic guidelines aren’t well designed and many are not electronic. Many countries don’t even have guidelines for their doctors which means prescriptions are made without reference and patients may be put at greater risk.

Our solution is our electronic platform for editing and viewing antibiotic guidelines that can be used anywhere in the world.

Both, website and applications for Android and iOS will enable hospitals and practices to enter their guidelines into our database to be automatically converted into a display that can be accessed by doctors on their phones, tablets or computers. Hospitals/practices will remain responsible for ensuring their content is up to date.

How Antibiotic Helper Works:

1. Hospitals upload their guidelines through our website
2. We convert the guidelines into a standardized format
3. Doctors are able to access their hospital’s guidelines through our website, their smartphones and tablets.
4. Patients get the right antibiotics.

How We’ve Made Guidelines Smarter:

1. Fast access – Available through smartphones, or on the web, and fully searchable. Answers in seconds, not minutes.

2. Safer for patients – Alerting doctors to important interactions with other medications, and calculators to help select the right dose.

3. Consistency – The same view no matter where you are, so when doctors work in a different hospital they don’t need to learn again where and how to look things up.

4. Always up to date – Hospitals can instantly update their guidelines, meaning old paper copies are not accidentally used inappropriately.

5. Cheaper to produce – No need for every hospital to come up with new designs and printing.

6. Better for the environment – Less need to print thousands of copies every time changes are made.

7. Educational – An interactive guideline that facilitates learning for students in a way that a hundred page paper document cannot!

AB is Patient Centered:

Antibiotic Helper is about making sure patients get the best possible antibiotic treatment. It makes the guidelines which doctors use to prescribe antibiotics more accessible, and so will help patients get the right antibiotic earlier, meaning they get the best treatment for their infection, spend less time in hospital, and have lower hospital costs.

How We Help Doctors:

Our project will help doctors select the right antibiotic for their patients as quickly and easily as possible. Ensuring that the right antibiotic is chosen will reduce mortality and length of stay for their patients, and show safe prescribing.

How We Help Hospitals, Institutions, and/ or Medical Facilities:

Antibiotic Helper will ensure that more antibiotic prescriptions are appropriate, and follow your hospital’s antibiotic guidelines. This has been shown to improve treatment success rates, reduce mortality and hospital stay, and reduce antibiotic costs considerably.

Why This is So Important:

The launch of our Antibiotic Helper project coincides with the “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week” in the US and European Antibiotic Awareness Day (November 18th).

November 18th is European Antibiotic Awareness Day. Each year 25,000 deaths occur due to resistant bacteria in Europe already, and in the US the cost to the healthcare system is $20 billion annually. In most other countries we don’t yet know the burden, but it is likely to be considerably higher. We hope that wider access to smarter guidelines will help reduce the spread of resistant bacteria, and also ensure that everyone can access the right antibiotic at the right time.

Clinical Proof to date

Guidelines help patients receive the best possible therapy. For antibiotics, this means that patients are more likely to survive serious infectious illnesses and to get the right treatment earlier for more minor infections.

Using guidelines to select appropriate antibiotics is often cheaper too, as it involves less use of expensive broader spectrum antibiotics and results in shorter hospital stays for patients. On a more global level, it is vital for us to use antibiotics as appropriately as possible to reduce the development of antibiotic resistance.

How We Will Spend Your Contributions:

1. Finalizing platform development including testing on devices
2. Pilot testing in hospitals
3. Generating awareness of the platform, particularly in low income countries
4. Generating useful data about the implementation of Antibiotic Helper and how doctors are using it

About Country Level Rewards

The greatest benefits of Antibiotic Helper will be seen when multiple hospitals in a country are able to use it. A small number of our rewards will bring Antibiotic Helper to many/all hospitals in a country of your choice for a year.

To ensure sustainability, we will work closely with all the involved stakeholders to enable access over the coming year. We will start with the small number of hospitals participating in our pilot and expand from there.

Since we aren’t imposing any limits, this can be a highly cost effective method of bringing consistent antibiotic guidelines to hospitals to countries all over the world. Please contact us at help@antibiotichelper.com if you are interested in a country level reward.

FAQs

Where will it be available?

Everywhere, and on all mobile platforms, is our plan. A hospital or practice asks to be included on the platform, they submit their guidelines, and they’re converted into a standardised format. Individual doctors download an application or access their local guidelines through our website.

Is this a non-profit project?

Yes. A fee will be charged to hospitals for implementation, and where possible some money will go towards subsidising access in low income countries. Doctors will never have to pay for access, it’s their guidelines!

Has this been done before?

A few applications exist, but have been developed for specific hospitals, and we have found them to cost upwards of $6,000 per institution per year.

Can I contribute in a non-financial way?

Yes! We’re looking for translators and doctors keen to get guidelines from their hospital onto our platform. Please email us at help@antibiotichelper.com.

Could this be useful for research?

Absolutely – gathering guidelines in a comparable format will allow researchers to learn more about how antibiotics are used across the world. We plan to make this data freely available.

What are the challenges we face?

Our initial project is to create a platform that is suitable for the majority of hospitals/practices that would want to use Antibiotic Helper. In later projects we hope to strengthen the framework by making it more adaptable to different settings, giving more control over content to those responsible for its implementation.

We are very hopeful that our project will be helpful in low and middle income countries, but many places still do not have access to the technology required for this; a longer term aim is to engage with other mobile health developers to ‘package’ useful software together as cheap smartphones become increasingly available.

Who We Are:

Oliver Dyar is a doctor from Devon, UK. He graduated from Oxford University, and has a master’s in global health from Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He has studied antibiotic resistance in Vietnam, and has just completed the first European survey of medical student perspectives on antibiotic prescribing and resistance.

Talk to Us:

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/oliverjdyar
Twitter: twitter.com/abhelper

Rewards

For $ 10 or more

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PATIENT SPONSOR -- Show the world you feel getting the right antibiotics at the right time is important! We will list you on our website as a founding patient sponsor, thank you.

For $ 25 or more

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I'M A HELPER WRISTBAND -- As above PLUS our Antibiotic Helper wristband and certificate to hang on your wall!

For $ 40 or more

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I'M A HELPER POSTER -- We will list you on our website as a founding individual sponsor, and you will receive an 'I'm an Antibiotic Helper' certificate and our poster by postal mail. Shipping outside Europe not included.

For $ 50 or more

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I'M A HELPER T-SHIRT/COASTER -- All of the above and an Antibiotic Helper T-Shirt or anti-bug coaster.

For $ 80 or more

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I'M A HELPER COFFEE BREAK-- All of the above, PLUS an Antibiotic Helper Anti-Bug Mug and Coaster!

For $ 100 or more

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I'M A HELPER READER -- All the above, and we'll send you a SIGNED copy of David Perlin and Karl Drlica's excellent BOOK: "Antibiotic Resistance: Understanding and Responding to an Emerging Crisis".

For $ 150 or more

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I'M A CORPORATE HELPER -- Show the world your company's commitment to antibiotics, and we'll place your company's logo on our website, as well as sending you an anti-bug mug and coaster for coffee breaks.

For $ 200 or more

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EARLY BACKER HOSPITALS -- Be the first to show the world you feel that it is important for your doctors to treat patients with the right antibiotics at the right time! We will list you on our website as a founding institutional sopnsor, and your hospital will be invited to participate in our exlcusive pilot testing (~February 2013).

For $ 500 or more

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HOSPITALS -- All of the above, and we will send you ten Antibiotic Helper anti-bug coasters and mugs to share around your hospital to show your support for our project. You will also receive additional help with implementation materials for your doctors.

For $ 500 or more

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EARLY ACCESS RESEARCHERS -- You will receive access to data from our pilot and first year of implementation of Antibiotic Helper nine months before anyone else. There is little data on the way doctors interact with guidelines, because it hasn't previously been possible to capture it! Our plan is to eventually make this data available for all, but your advance access will provide a head start for data analysis and manuscript writing.

For $ 1000 or more

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NON-PROFITS/CAMPAIGNS: Recognition in all our marketing material and research presentations of your commitment to ensuring that doctors prescribe the right antibiotics at the right times. Continuous assistance with developing Antibiotic Helper for implementation in sites around the world. Exclusive early access for research purposes to data generated on how doctors are using Antibiotic Helper, and outcome data from hospitals that have implemented Antibiotic Helper.

For $ 1100 or more

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MULTICENTER SPONSOR - An invitation to our exclusive pilot testing for up to five hospitals. In addition, each hospital will receive five Antibiotic Helper anti-bug coasters and mugs.

For $ 2000 or more

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CORPORATE SPONSORS: As our sole founding corporate sponsor, you will gain recognition in all press releases that helps show the world your company’s commitment to antibiotics, and to helping doctors prescribe the right antibiotics at the right time. You will also receive exclusive advertising space on our website, visible to all hospitals using Antibiotic Helper, and will be acknowledged in all research presentations and publications about the development of Antibiotic Helper.

For $ 2500 or more

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RESEARCH PARTNERS-- As well as participating in our pilot, your institution will be acknowledged as a research supporter in any publications and research presentations about developing Antibiotic Helper.

For $ 5000 or more

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DEVELOPMENT PARTNER -- This sum will support us developing the project for lower income countries, and so your institution will be recognized as a "Founding Developmental Partner" of Antibiotic Helper.

For $ 10000 or more

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LOW INCOME COUNTRY SPONSOR - Bring Antibiotic Helper to the Low Income country/ hospital system OF YOUR CHOICE*! We'll start the pilot with up to 25 hospitals, and over the next year expand to enable every hospital to have one year's access to Antibiotic Helper. Feature your donation on our website, on your own, and work with us for promotional materials to honor your contribution. (*Subject to approval).

For $ 20000 or more

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MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRY SPONSOR - Bring Antibiotic Helper to the Middle Income country/ hospital system OF YOUR CHOICE*! We'll start the pilot with up to 25 hospitals, and over the next year expand to enable every hospital to have one year's access to Antibiotic Helper. Feature your donation on our website, on your own, and work with us for promotional materials to honor your contribution. (*Choice subject to approval).

For $ 50000 or more

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HIGH INCOME COUNTRY SPONSOR - Bring Antibiotic Helper to the High Income country/ hospital system OF YOUR CHOICE*! We'll start the pilot with up to 25 hospitals, and over the next year expand to enable every hospital to have one year's access to Antibiotic Helper. Feature your donation on our website, on your own, and work with us for promotional materials to honor your contribution. (*Choice subject to approval).

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