Ochsner Health System Improves Safety Through Advanced Medication Management Technology

 Ochsner Health System Improves Safety Through Advanced Medication Management

CareFusion Pyxis® ES Platform Helps Improve Medication Safety and Hospital

PR Newswire

NEW ORLEANS, June 17, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Ochsner Health System today
announced the contract signing for new technologies that will help improve
medication safety by simplifying and standardizing the medication management
process across its health system.

The CareFusion Pyxis^® ES platform is a combination of hardware and software
that helps hospitals significantly reduce time for nursing and pharmacy to
dispense and administer medications because of simpler, more efficient
workflows. The system also eliminates the need for redundant documentation
through direct synchronization with pharmacy, hospital and patient identity
management systems. The system enables Ochsner Health System to have
consistent medication management practices and policies across its multiple
hospitals and clinics, which can help improve medication safety.

"For the information technology department, the Pyxis ES platform is a much
more sophisticated solution," said Chris Belmont, chief information officer of
Ochsner Health System. "The standardized platform uses one database, one
interface and active directory connectivity that simplifies the IT
implementation, maintenance and reporting for each dispensing cabinet and the
system as a whole."

Deborah Simonson, assistant vice president of Pharmacy Services for Ochsner
Health System said, "The Pyxis ES platform allows our pharmacists and
technicians to improve medication safety through increased standardization
from nursing floors to operating rooms and across our sites in a highly
efficient manner."

Dawn Pevey Mauk, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer of Ochsner
Medical Center-Baton Rouge and Ochsner Health System Nurse Executive Committee
Chairperson added, "This new technology is a win for our patients and staff.
The new features included will allow for more efficient medication management,
allowing us to focus on what we do best – providing our patients with the
quality care they deserve."

Ochsner Health System will implement the following new technologies across
seven hospitals and three health centers:

  oPyxis^® Enterprise Server: With the Pyxis Enterprise Server, Ochsner
    Health System can manage one dispensing system for the entire health
    system. This improvement allows its pharmacy to manage just one formulary
    in the Pharmacy Information System (PIS) and cascade the data to the Pyxis
    Enterprise Server, permitting the PIS to serve as the single source for
    the formulary. In addition, user management can be centralized with Active
    Directory, enabling single sign-on with standard hospital credentials.
    Both of these capabilities can help hospitals reduce data errors and
    eliminate redundant data entry for nursing, pharmacy and billing.
  oPyxis MedStation^® ES system: The Pyxis MedStation ES system is
    CareFusion's automated medication dispensing system built on the Pyxis ES
    platform using a robust, standardized set of hardware and software
    components. The hardware features introduce a new standard in dispensing
    cabinet system supportability and reliability. The software platform
    enables simple, efficient workflows centered on the patient while
    improving clinical and medication management processes for pharmacy,
    nursing and staff. The user interface significantly reduces the number of
    steps in key workflows, such as decreasing the steps to dispense a
    medication by half.
  oPyxis^® Link: The new Pyxis Link module with the Pyxis ES system provides
    functionality that allows nursing to remotely queue medications for
    removal at the Pyxis MedStation ES system or remotely waste medications
    following administration. With web-based access from anywhere— including
    the patient bedside—this system allows clinical decision making to move
    closer to the patient care cycle while saving time at the Pyxis MedStation
    system and simplifying post-administration workflow.
  oPyxis^® Anesthesia ES system: The Pyxis Anesthesia ES system extends the
    value of Ochsner Health System's investment in the Pyxis ES platform to
    the operating rooms (ORs) and procedural areas across its health system.
    Powered by the Pyxis Enterprise Server, the Pyxis Anesthesia ES system
    offers the same innovative centralized system management and
    enterprise-wide capabilities as the Pyxis MedStation ES system, including
    enhanced formulary and user management for pharmacy and improved system
    management for information technology (IT) departments. The redesigned
    Pyxis Anesthesia ES system provides simple, safe patient-centric workflows
    and security enhancements that promote hospital compliance efforts.

"For more than 20 years, Pyxis technologies have set the standard in automated
dispensing to help clinicians deliver medication to patients efficiently and
safely," said Rusty Frantz, senior vice president and general manager of
Dispensing Technologies at CareFusion. "The Pyxis ES platform makes it even
easier for Ochsner Health System to manage medications based on its unique
size, scope, capacity and clinical workflows, giving them more time to focus
on patient care."

About Ochsner Health System

Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana's largest non-profit, academic,
multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system with eight hospitals and 38 health
centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for
Healthcare in New Orleans for 17 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana
hospital recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a "Best Hospital" across
11 specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 13,000 employees, over 850
physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over
300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a
tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and
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About CareFusion Corporation

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 industry-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

SOURCE CareFusion Corporation

Website: http://www.carefusion.com
Website: http://ochsner.org
Contact: Media, Troy Kirkpatrick, +1-858-617-2361,
troy.kirkpatrick@carefusion.com, or Investors, Jim Mazzola, +1-858-617-1203,
jim.mazzola@carefusion.com, both of CareFusion; or Media, Stafford Scott
Maestri, Ochsner Health System, +1-504-842-9143, StMaestri@ochsner.org
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