AHRQ Safety Program for Telemedicine

About the AHRQ Safety Program for Telemedicine: Improving Antibiotic Use

Two million infections per year are caused by antibiotic resistant organisms, leading to 35,000 deaths per year in the United States.[1] Meanwhile, one-third of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions and half of the prescriptions for acute respiratory infections are unnecessary.[2] Learn how to improve patient safety and reduce harm associated with antibiotics in a free 18-month AHRQ program that starts in June 2024.

We’re recruiting clinics and providers that want to improve antibiotic prescribing.

Benefits of Participating:

  • Improve efficiency and patient satisfaction with antibiotic prescribing, using approaches such as scripting for live and patient portal interactions.
  • Perform better on antibiotic-related quality measures (e.g., Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set [HEDIS], Merit-based Incentive Payment System [MIPS], and The Joint Commission Antimicrobial Stewardship standards).
  • Receive continuing education credits (CEUs), continuing medical education credits (CMEs), and American Board of Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points through live and/or self-paced materials.

Virtual Program Includes: Monthly 20-minute webinars and office hours to learn best practices in the treatment of common outpatient infectious concerns through live interactions with infectious diseases experts

Learn More:

Join the Program

Upcoming Informational Webinars

Join a live webinar to learn more. These will include a 15-minute overview of the program plus time for questions and answers.  

A recording, transcript, and slides of the informational webinar will be posted below after the first webinar.



Registration Link

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Noon–12:30 p.m. ET


About the AHRQ Safety Program for Telemedicine

The AHRQ Safety Program for Telemedicine is a national effort to develop and implement a bundle of evidence-based interventions designed to improve telemedicine care, focusing on reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing.

This program is funded and guided by AHRQ and implemented by NORC at the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Learn more about the AHRQ Safety Program for Telemedicine

[1]CDC. Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2019. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2019.

[2]Fleming-Dutra KE, Hersh AL, Shapiro DJ, et al. Prevalence of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions among U.S. ambulatory care visits, 2010–2011. JAMA 2016;315:1864–73.

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