Hospitals can now monitor their antibiotic use electronically, using a newly launched system from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The tracking tool is part of the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network, an online surveillance system that uses data from hospitals to monitor infections. More than 4,800 hospitals currently submit data to the safety network, the CDC said in a news release.
The new system is meant to help hospitals curb misuse and overuse of antibiotics, both of which increase the likelihood of drug-resistant infections. The system “will enhance providers' ability to monitor and improve patterns of antibiotic use so these essential drugs will still be effective in the years to come,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, the CDC's director, said in a news release.