Developing a ‘One Health’ antibacterial prescription surveillance approach through the use of health informatics

Time: 12:00 - 13:00

Venue: The Congregation, Vaughan House, Portsmouth Street, The University of Manchester, M13 9GB

Based at The Farr Institute at the University of Liverpool, Dr Fernando Sánchez-Vizcaíno Buendía will be visiting the Health eResearch Centre on Thursday 25 May to discuss the title: Developing a ‘One Health’ antibacterial prescription surveillance approach through the use of health informatics.

Abstract: There is evidence of antibacterial resistance transmission between humans, livestock and companion animals. However, ‘One Health’ surveillance approaches that integrate human and veterinary healthcare databases have not been developed yet, nor has the extent to which companion animals contribute towards zoonotic antibacterial resistant transmission been investigated.

The objective of this study is to demonstrate the feasibility of a novel ‘One Health Informatics’ approach for comparing antibacterial prescribing practices in human and small animals healthcare settings through the use of electronic health records obtained from a sentinel network of medical and veterinary practices in Liverpool.

Biography: Dr Fernando Sánchez-Vizcaíno Buendía’s current principal research interests lie in the development of a ‘One Health Informatics’ approach as a proven principle that linking human, animal and environmental electronic data together can lead to health gains for humans and animals. He has recently been awarded with a year Veterinary Research Fellowship in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections (EZI) at the Health Protection Research Unit in EZI in the University of Liverpool to develop a ‘One Health’ antibiotic prescription and resistance surveillance approach through the use of electronic health records (EHRs) at scale from medical and veterinary practitioners and laboratories. Such a co-ordinated approach will allow greater understanding of the evolution and transmission of resistance within and between human and animal populations, a prerequisite for control of emerging resistance.

Dr Buendía is a qualified veterinary surgeon (University of Murcia, Spain) with a PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology. During his PhD and first postdoctoral position at Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), his research was oriented towards applying qualitative and quantitative epidemiological methods for the prevention of the potential entrance, spread and control of transboundary zoonotic diseases and some of the most important poultry and swine infectious diseases into Spain and other European countries.

Then, the lack of such co-ordinated surveillance of small animal diseases in most countries motivated him to move to the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET) team at University of Liverpool, for his second postdoctoral position (2013-2016). There  focussed my research developing a new paradigm for companion animal-disease surveillance by implementing a real-time syndromic and laboratory-based surveillance system through the use of EHRs from SAVSNET.