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About Get Smart

Antibiotic resistance causes serious harm around the world and in our own communities—much of it due to inappropriate use of antibiotics. HealthInsight's Get Smart: Preserving the Power of Antibiotics initiative is your chance to take a stand for eliminating this harm.

Get Smart is a quality improvement and education campaign to support clinics and other outpatient facilities in implementing antibiotic stewardship to combat antibiotic resistance. Reaching 500 clinics and facilities in our four-state region, Get Smart aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work program, applying antibiotic stewardship principles at the point of care, where antibiotics are being prescribed. HealthInsight's experienced staff bring up-to-date information on appropriate prescribing practices, as well as supporting clinicians in educating patients about avoiding antibiotics when not warranted.

As a Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), HealthInsight has supported antibiotic stewardship for many years through our hospital and nursing home initiatives on preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Through our Get Smart initiative, we are working directly with outpatient prescribers, with the goal of increasing the number of clinics and facilities that have incorporated all Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship (published in 2016 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) by 2019.

Who can participate?

Through Get Smart, HealthInsight can assist

  • Medical practices and outpatient clinics
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Hospital emergency departments
  • Public health clinics
  • Outpatient pharmacies
  • Pharmacy-based clinics
  • Urgent care

Benefits

Participants will...

  • Receive education on the Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship (AS), risks of misuse/overuse of antibiotics in health care and how to talk with patients about antibiotics
  • Gain experience in determining which Core Elements of AS your facility has in place or needs to implement
  • Acquire tools to assess for and implement AS, including patient outreach and education materials
  • Have an opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary advisory team on AS
  • Network with and learn from other local, regional and national experts working together on AS
  • Participate in educational activities that promote and spread best practices in AS in outpatient settings

 

Expectations

Participants will...

  • Agree to remain active in Get Smart from August 2017 through July 2019
  • Agree to publicly disclose participation in this initiative
  • Form an interdisciplinary team to incorporate all Core Elements of Outpatient AS into practice
  • Identify a clinic lead (administrator) and a staff champion (day-to-day leader)
  • Participate in educational network events, other education sessions, webinars and conference
  • Share results, best practices and lessons learned