In Brief: Kaiser Uses Computer Prompts To Cut Antibiotic Prescriptions

In Brief: Kaiser Uses Computer Prompts To Cut Antibiotic Prescriptions

Kaiser Permanente has reduced the likelihood of antibiotic prescriptions for enrollees with sinusitis by 22% through the use of computer alerts for a period of time.

            Kaiser said earlier this month that it used computerized alerts to inform their physician network that prescribing an antibiotic may not be the best course of treatment. Antibiotics are generally useless against viral infections, and can cause nausea and other symptoms in patients. Overprescribing antibiotics can also lead to bacterial resistance against such medications in the future.

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