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New "Epocrates Bugs + Drugs" App Harnesses Big Data for Better, Personalized Patient Care

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct 02, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) — According to a report recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year more than two million people in the U.S. contract infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result. Antibiotic resistant bacteria or “superbugs” such as resistant E. coli and staph are of great concern because they are increasingly impervious to typical antibiotics. To compound the problem, many clinicians who work outside of hospitals are unaware of the bacteria types pervasive in their local areas. Today, from the 7th Annual Health 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, California, athenahealth, Inc. ATHN -0.27% and Epocrates together announced a new, free mobile app, “Epocrates Bugs + Drugs,” to arm clinicians with timely geolocated information about bacteria types and resistance patterns, and to support appropriate antibiotic prescribing.

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