Worldwide participants are welcome to apply
Conversations with local teams, mentors and MSD leaders will be held in English.
Country to be implemented first: Gulf (UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar)
Required language: English (If in Arabic as well, it will be a plus). The solution interface can be in English
According to the World Health Organization, AntiMicrobial Resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest threats to global health. Though it occurs naturally, the misuse of antibiotics in humans is accelerating the process. As a result, AMR leads to longer hospital stays and more intensive care requirements.
Anti-Microbial Stewardship programs (AMS) are initiatives that aim to support physicians to prescribe the right antibiotics for different patient conditions considering, among others, resistance. More information about AMS programs here, and concrete examples here. A local reference can be found here.
AMS success rate is below expectations in the Gulf. One barrier is the correct patient profiling to prescribe the best option of antibiotics. The profile is determined based on the hospital ecology, the type of infection of the patient and other data such as age, previous exposure to antimicrobials and comorbidities.
Other factors include:
MSD has identified the opportunity to help Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) to better prescribe antibiotics to their patients while also fighting against Antimicrobial Resistance.
The solution should be easy to use and engaging, while cost-effective.
Though technology can clearly help to profile patients and access AMS recommendations in a more convenient way than today, solvers are invited to address also human factors that may prevent physicians to adopt the solution. For instance, motivation to give it a first try, and the required change management in their habits.
The following specialities regularly prescribe antibiotics: Infectious Diseases, Intensive Care Units, surgeons, Internal Medicine and Emergency Rooms.
In Gulf, these doctors are between 30 – 50 years of age, usually well-educated expats who work both in the public and private sector. They are familiar with technology including the use of smartphones. They are super-busy, and their work environment forces them to take decisions quickly and efficiently.
MSD initially aims for a sponsorship model where, apart from the $20.000 grant, it will support the solver company with the:
*Note: The targeted numbers will be quantified during co-creation with the local MSD team.
Only AMS protocol was used in the past and was not successful.