Smiths Medical Advances Smart Infusion Pump Interoperability
New relationship will help standardize information and reduce medication
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- April 17, 2013
Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, announced an
agreement today with Epic to develop connectivity between the company’s
infusion systems and Epic’s Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system using
Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) standard profiles to communicate,
enabling an automatic flow of information for clinicians to access.
“Using the IHE frameworks allows us to join with other industry partners to
develop a standardized method of communicating information and ultimately
helps reduce medication errors,” said Tommy Johns, Vice President Global
Infusion systems, such as Smiths Medical’s Medfusion® syringe pumps and CADD®
ambulatory infusion pumps, are programmed by clinicians to provide patients
with medication according to their therapy needs. The sophisticated systems,
that include PharmGuard® medication safety software for use on a PC or via the
web, allow pharmacists to develop drug libraries according to hospital-defined
protocols, wirelessly deploy libraries to the pumps, wirelessly collect and
manage patient therapy data, and track trends in compliance and medication
Smiths Medical’s interface development and testing agreement with Epic will
allow for the transfer of infusion data to the Epic electronic medical record
system to capture data from Smiths Medical’s infusion systems, via their
PharmGuard® server software.
The result will allow a clinician to use an electronic medical record system
to automatically send therapy data to and from patient records, saving
clinicians time in daily workflow, increasing documentation accuracy, and
improving patient safety by reducing the chance of errors that can occur with
manual data entry.
About Smiths Medical
Smiths Medical www.smiths-medical.com is a leading supplier of specialized
medical devices and equipment for global markets, focusing on the medication
delivery, vital care and safety devices market segments. It is part of Smiths
Group www.smiths.com, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for
markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices,
communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 22,000
people in more than 50 countries.
Smiths Medical Media Contact:
Judith Rossi, 781-792-2539
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