AMS Implementation Toolkit

Mobile Applications to Support AMS

The usefulness and prevalence of mobile device applications (‘apps’) to support best practice in healthcare is increasing across a range of clinical areas. Apps to support appropriate antimicrobial prescribing generally do so by improving the accessibility and/or understanding of locally-endorsed guidelines, and some also provide a level of decision-support at the point of care.

The following list of AMS-related mobile apps has been provided for information purposes only, as examples of the types of applications which have been developed within NSW local health districts or by external commercial entities.

To find out more about these applications, we ask that you please contact the developers directly.

Please note that the inclusion of a product within this list does not constitute an endorsement by the CEC.

eASYapp
(developed by the eASY Team, based within Northern Sydney Local Health District)

A downloadable app described as an all-in-one decision-support and AMS auditing tool. Antimicrobial prescribing advice is provided according to the selection of either an antibiotic or the infectious indication/location, with capacity to customise content based on local restrictions or guideline recommendations. Auditing capacity includes capturing data on AMS interventions and IV-to-oral switch.

Westmead Acute Surgery
(developed by Westmead Hospital, in association with Sydney University)

A downloadable app providing algorithm-based advice for the management of the acute surgical patient, including empirical antibiotic advice for relevant infections. Protocols and recommendations are specific to Westmead Hospital only, and development was supported financially via the HETI Medical Education Support Fund.

MicroGuide™
(developed by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Horizon Strategic Partners UK)

A downloadable, highly-modifiable guideline and information repository app, the core content of which is controlled by individual health service organisations. Used widely across a range of NHS trusts within the UK, with commercial capacity for international clients.

HNE Quality Use of Medicines
(developed by Hunter New England LHD)

A web-based mobile app providing point-of-care access to a selection of medication-related Hunter New England LHD guidelines, including management of common infectious conditions and local IV-to-oral switch protocols. Content is developed and maintained via the HNE Quality Use of Medicines Committee.

Educational Vancomycin Interactive
(developed by Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District)

A web-based (but mobile-device accessible) interactive education module designed to improve the dosing, administration and monitoring of IV vancomycin in adults. This interactive is highly engaging, free to use and is targeted towards doctors, nurses and pharmacists.
Available at www.vancomycin.com.au.