Klick Health and Lakeridge Health Unveil Free Drug Dosage Calculator to Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterial Infections
— Fast Company ranks Klick #9 on 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators list alongside Google, Moderna, and many others as agency announces latest collaborative innovation
TORONTO & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Klick Health and Lakeridge Health introduced a technologically advanced medication dosage calculator to help pharmacists and physicians determine the correct amount of vancomycin for treating life-threatening, antibiotic-resistant, bacterial infections. The tool, VancoCalc, which has been in use at Lakeridge Health since December 2020, is available for free at www.VancoCalc.com. Today’s announcement comes as Fast Company ranked Klick Health #9 on its third annual list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators.
Klick’s Applied Sciences team developed VancoCalc in collaboration with Lakeridge Health’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist Dr. Thomas Oommen using advanced Bayesian mathematical modeling (allowing for tight control of vancomycin dosage) and pharmacokinetics, which considers factors like metabolism, while adhering to Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guidance.
“VancoCalc is an innovative and important development for hospitals, which often prescribe vancomycin as a last resort for treating bacterial infections,” said Dr. Oommen. “Determining proper dosage can be extremely complicated and VancoCalc can aid the clinician in determining an effective and appropriate dose.”
“We are proud to collaborate with Lakeridge Health on this important healthcare innovation,” said Klick Medical R&D Scientist and project lead Anirudh Thommandram. “It is our hope that others will benefit from our collective mathematical, engineering, and clinical expertise. We’ve open-sourced this tool to help more hospitals calculate vancomycin dosage with greater ease and accuracy and ensure the utmost in patient care.”
VancoCalc marks another step in improving personalized medicine. Bayesian dosing tools can closely estimate a patient’s individual pharmacokinetic parameters more efficiently and optimize vancomycin dosing. Previously, dose adjustments for vancomycin were made with heuristics and manual pharmacokinetic calculations. Bayesian dosing tools can be cost-prohibitive for many hospitals. VancoCalc is one of the few free Bayesian calculators available.
Since being used at Lakeridge Health, VancoCalc has also been the subject of a research project, which will be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.
Klick Co-Founder and Chairman Leerom Segal said, “We consider ourselves very fortunate to work with the world’s leading healthcare authorities on solving critical health problems. Innovation, at its core, is all about solving problems and by embracing a culture of experimentation, we enable Klicksters to connect new dots, enable new possibilities, and ultimately improve people’s lives.”
Among other innovative Klick collaborations:
- In April 2020, Klick Labs worked with the Chief of Anesthesia at Humber River Hospital to adapt an intubation box design for North American standards, and then manufactured and donated nearly 1,500 of the boxes to hospitals in need across North America
- Klick’s Scientific Visualization team created a first-of-its-kind, open-source, 3D COVID-19 model to visually represent the virus with as much detail as possible.
- In 2016, the company teamed up with Boston Children’s Hospital to co-found Circulation, the pioneer in on-demand non-emergency healthcare transportation.
Klick’s innovative, people-first culture, which embraces its entrepreneurial spirit, outcomes over optics, and its approach to “science at the speed of business” earned the company a spot on Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators list for the second time. Developed in collaboration with Accenture, the 2021 list ranked 100 organizations from a variety of industries. Working together, Fast Company editors and Accenture researchers scored nearly 1,500 applications, and a panel of eight eminent judges reviewed and endorsed the top 100 companies.
“These leaders and teams created cultures of innovation and sustained them, even as remote work extended into 2021,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “This newest list of the Best Workplaces for Innovators honors those organizations that found ways to collaborate and invent despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, ensuring employees were at the forefront.”
About Lakeridge Health
Lakeridge Health is Durham Region’s acute care provider, offering one of the broadest and most comprehensive ranges of acute care services in the province. With five hospitals, four Emergency Departments, and more than 20 community health care locations, Lakeridge Health offers its culturally diverse community a wide range of acute care, ambulatory care and long-term care services across multiple sites. Guided by its vision of One System. Best Health., Lakeridge Health is committed to delivering the highest standard of care and supporting patients and their families on their care journey with compassion and kindness.
About Klick Health
Klick Health is the world’s largest independent commercialization partner for life sciences. For over two decades, Klick has been laser-focused on developing, launching, and supporting life sciences brands to maximize their full market potential. Klick was named Large Agency of the Year for 2020 by Medical Marketing + Media (MM+M), marking its ninth Agency of the Year industry award in nine years. Follow Klick Health on Twitter at @KlickHealth. For more information on joining Klick, go tocareers.klick.com/.
About Klick Group
The Klick Group of companies – Klick Health (including Klick Katalyst), Klick Media Group, Klick Applied Sciences (including Klick Labs), Klick Consulting, Klick Ventures, and Sensei Labs – is an ecosystem of brilliant talent collectively working to maximize their people and clients’ full potential. Established in 1997, Klick has teams in New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, and across North America. Klick has consistently been named a Best Managed Company and Great Place to Work. In 2020, the company was recognized with 14 Best Workplace awards, including Best Workplaces for Women, Best Workplaces for Inclusion, Employee-Recommended Workplaces, Most Admired Corporate Cultures, and FORTUNE’s Best Places to Work in New York.
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