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May 15, 2019
How non-video telehealth can be a cure for overprescribing antibiotics
When Dr. Fleming found penicillin mold in his Petri dishes in 1928, he had no idea of the impact he — and it — would have on global health. Penicillin and the antibiotic revolution that it triggered have saved countless lives and change world history.
Less than a century later, though, antibiotics occupy a space between savior and sinner. This complicated reputation is mostly due to how often they are prescribed unnecessarily and the superbugs that overuse has helped usher in. Physicians understand this dichotomy better than anyone. They’ve had front-row seats to cases of antibiotics saving lives, but they’ve also seen MDROs (multi-drug resistant organisms) like E. coli and staph infections that don’t respond to several rounds of intravenous treatment.