Teladoc announces collaborative antibiotics study with USC, Northwestern
Teladoc announced that together with the University of Southern California, or USC, Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics and Northwestern University, the company will be leading the first-ever, large-scale study to assess antibiotic prescribing practices in telehealth. The five-year project is funded through a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and as part of the White House's National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, or CARB. This study is expected to set a new precedent in medical literature by adding specific standards for telehealth and virtual care. The comprehensive study will include the largest-ever randomized quality improvement trial in telehealth, looking at the key factors that influence antibiotic prescribing in a virtual care setting. By studying existing prescribing behavior, the teams can then adapt and develop further processes and define how novel behavioral science interventions can encourage safe and effective antibiotic use.