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Antibiotic resistance: Toward better stewardship of a precious medical resource

Antibiotic resistance has emerged as one of the world’s deadliest health crises. The spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria is threatening the effectiveness of last-resort treatments for life-threatening infections.

Every year, 700,000 deaths (and counting) are attributed to antimicrobial resistance, a category which encompasses antibiotic resistance; that’s equivalent to the population of Seattle, Washington or Leeds, West Yorkshire being decimated annually. Without action, the death toll could reach 10 million per annum by 2050.1,2,3,4

This paper outlines the scope of the problem and identifies the key contributing factors. Chapter 2 puts forward strategic solutions pursued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Aetna in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) among others. The paper concludes by demonstrating the efficacy of our multifaceted strategies, including:

  • peer-to-peer health care provider comparisons
  • proactive education
  • intervention campaigns

At Aetna International, it’s our mission to reshape health care across the globe by developing solutions to improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of care. To this end, we take a two-pronged approach: raising awareness of critical health challenges facing the world and promoting effective, value-based care solutions that could help others combat and prevent the worsening of some of the world’s most serious health care problems.

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About the authors

Dr George, MBBS, DPH, MBA, is the Head of Care Management (Americas) and is responsible for the delivery of all of our care management programs through her team’s global clinical operations. She is responsible for driving the care management strategy. She has oversight on the clinical program design which is focused on developing member-centric innovative programs focused on increasing member engagement and improving health outcomes.

As Senior Medical Director for Aetna International, Dr Lori Stetz, MHP, provides guidance, support, and medical leadership for all care management activities around the globe. Lori drives medical policy, and actively participates in strategic planning and program and product development in concurrence with changing markets and technologies. Lori also manages Aetna International’s emergency evacuation program, helping to ensure appropriate health care delivery for our members around the globe.

As Medical Director for Aetna International, Dr Patel, MBA, provides guidance, support, and medical leadership for care management activities in Europe. Dr Patel also manages Aetna International’s emergency evacuation program, helping to ensure appropriate health care delivery for our members around the globe. Dr Patel graduated from King’s College University, London and also has a Healthcare Management degree from Imperial College, London. He is also a practicing physician in Emergency Medicine. 

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