CareFusion And Cerner Implement Integrated Solution To Help Improve Patient
Safety, Streamline IV Medication Management
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota introduces enhanced IV
medication safety through wireless interoperability of infusion pumps and
electronic health records
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 30, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --CareFusion Corp. (NYSE: CFN), a
leading, global medical technology company, today announced the implementation
of a solution that connectsits Alaris^® System smart infusion pumps with the
Cerner Millennium^®1 electronic health record (EHR) at Children's Hospitals
and Clinics of Minnesota. The technology is designed to help reduce the risk
of harmful and costly intravenous (IV) medication programming errors at the
Intravenous (IV) medication errors are twice as likely to cause harm to
patients as medications delivered via other routes of administration.^2 With
this new interoperability, through the Cerner CareAware iBus^™1, the Alaris
system can be wirelessly pre-populated with infusion order parameters directly
from the Cerner Millennium EHR. Instead of manually programming the pump using
the keypad at the bedside, the pump is programmed through scanning a barcode
on the smart pump viaCerner's Point of Care Medication Administration
solution. Programming pumps with infusion parameters from the verified
physician order helps ensure accurate medication administration and
documentation and reduces opportunities for human error.
This solution covers IV medication administered through both the pump and
syringe modules of the Alaris System. Children's Hospitals and Clinics of
Minnesota is the first pediatric hospital system in the U.S. to enable
bi-directional communication between the infusion pump and the EHR for both
syringe pumps and large volume infusions.
"In today's evolving health care landscape, hospitals must effectively
integrate health information technology and medical devices into their best
practices in order to enhance patient safety and improve clinician workflow,"
said Bobbie Carroll, senior director of patient safety and informatics at
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. "The barcode solution from
CareFusion and Cerner helps us do both of those things, while further securing
the health and care of our patients."
The solution helps ensure more consistency in medication management practices
and provides comprehensive, near real-time data to help staff in the pharmacy
and patient care areas view infusion status and documentation through Cerner
CareAware Infusion Management^™1 with nursing, pharmacy and ICU dashboards.
Approximately 225 of Children's of Minnesota's 347 beds are considered
critical care and those patients require a substantial volume of high-risk
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota recently received the
Process/System Innovation Award from the Minnesota Alliance for Patient
Safety. The award honored their implementation of barcoded medication
administration and infusion interoperability solutions, which was reported to
reduce adverse medication events from seven in 10,000 to two in 10,000 and
triggered 234 medication alerts or "good catches" out of 11,000 doses in one
month on one unit.
"Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota shares our vision of using
technology to improve the quality of care and ultimately, drive better
outcomes," said Tom Leonard, president of Medical Systems at CareFusion.
"Intravenous medications represent 61 percent of the most serious and costly
medication errors.^3 By creating a solution that helps them preprogram their
infusion pumps and automate medication documentation, we can help hospitals
improve patient safety and workflow efficiency, which also can help reduce the
total cost of care."
In 2010, CareFusion and Cerner entered into a strategic agreement to closely
integrate their market-leading technologies to develop solutions that help
hospitals and health care providers deliver better patient care through
greater system connectivity and interoperability. Since that time, the
companies have connected CareFusion's Pyxis® automated medication dispensing
and supply management systems,Alaris®infusion pumps and theCareFusion
Ventilation Systemwith CernerCareAware iBusandCerner Millennium, enabling
hospitals to achieve greater device interoperability to enhance patient safety
and clinical workflows.
CareFusion and Cerner are exhibiting at next week's American Society of Health
System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting Dec. 2-6, at the Mandalay
Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, where both companies will be showcasing the
interoperability of Alaris infusion pumps and the Cerner EHR.
For more information, visit http://www.carefusion.com/emrinteroperability.
CareFusion (NYSE: CFN) is a global corporation serving the health care
industry with products and services that help hospitals measurably improve the
safety and quality of care. The company develops market-leading technologies
including Alaris® infusion pumps, Pyxis® automated dispensing and patient
identification systems, AVEA®, AirLife™ and LTV® series ventilation and
respiratory products, ChloraPrep® products, MedMined® services for data mining
surveillance, V. Mueller® surgical instruments, and an extensive line of
products that support interventional medicine. CareFusion employs more than
15,000 people across its global operations. More information may be found at
^1 Millennium, CareAware iBus and CareAware Infusion Management are all
registered trademarks of Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, Mo.
^2 "Proceedings of a summit on preventing patient harm and death from IV
medication errors," American Journal of Health System Pharmacy, Dec. 15, 2008,
^3 D. W. Bates, personal communication, Oct. 2001.
SOURCE CareFusion Corp.
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