The World Health Organisation estimates that antibiotics add on average 20 years to global average life expectancy. Currently there are an estimated 700,000 annual deaths due to drug-resistant infections worldwide whilst the recent Antimicrobial Resistance Review predicted this figure will rise to 10 million annual deaths by 2050 if we do not act now. Furthermore, most modern medical advances ranging from chemotherapy to any surgery rely on access to effective antibiotics.
Since Alexander Fleming received his Nobel Prize for the discovery of penicillin, we have known that the overuse of antibiotics will lead to bacterial resistance against them. And yet despite AMR being near the top of the public health agenda, current interventions to tackle overprescribing are limited. accuRx uses big data, decision support and behavioural nudges to improve the accuracy of antibiotic prescribing.