SAN DIEGO – AMERICAN HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATION (AHCA) ANNUAL CONVENTION – Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an increasingly serious global health concern that is compromising the ability to treat common infections. To combat this growing public health threat, PointClickCare, the market leader in cloud solutions for the long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) market, announced that it is joining the U.S. government’s AMR Challenge, a yearlong effort to accelerate the fight against antimicrobial resistance across the globe. PointClickCare’s commitment is an evolution of its ongoing collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which involves data exchange and analysis on prescription patterns and processes in nursing facilities across the United States.
“Our goal is to help the CDC, and the health and senior care industry at large, better understand antibiotic prescribing practices, especially in long term care facilities, said Dave Wessinger, chief operating officer, PointClickCare. “Our market leading position in skilled nursing gives us a unique vantage point to provide insights into the ways AMR is impacting LTPAC facilities and patients.”
With 60 percent of skilled nursing facilities across the United States as customers, PointClickCare has access to an extensive data repository and in support of the initiative, it analyzed millions of antibiotic orders and admission records in more than a thousand nursing facilities. The results of the data analysis will be published in a whitepaper authored by the CDC later in the year.
Unprecedented in scale, the worldwide challenge encourages governments, private industries, and non-governmental organizations to make formal commitments that further the progress against AMR. Commitments range in focus and scope and include tracking and sharing data, infection prevention and control, antibiotic stewardship, as well as vaccine, therapy and diagnostic development. To date, more than 100 organizations have joined the challenge.
Findings from the company’s data analysis will be presented on October 9, from 7:45 to 9 a.m., during AHCA/NCAL’s Annual Convention and Expo, and on October 30, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., during the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & EXPO.
About PointClickCare Technologies
PointClickCare Technologies Inc. helps long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers gain the confidence they need to navigate the new realities of value-based healthcare – achieving preferred status in competitive and shrinking networks, optimizing financial and operational health, attracting and retaining the right staff, and connecting to the right partners and insights needed to effectively manage and mitigate risk. Recognized by Forbes as one of the Top 100 Private Cloud Companies and acknowledged by KLAS Research as Best in KLAS Vendor for Long-term Care, PointClickCare leads the way in creating cloud-based environments where providers, patients, and payers eliminate data silos between care settings, connecting stakeholders to meaningful insights. With a suite of fully-integrated applications powered by an interoperable, mobile friendly, and regulatory-compliant electronic health record and revenue cycle management platform, PointClickCare helps care providers connect and collaborate within their care network. Over 16,000 skilled nursing facilities, senior living communities, and home health agencies use PointClickCare today, making it the North American healthcare IT market leader for the LTPAC industry. For more information on PointClickCare’s software solutions, please visit www.pointclickcare.com.