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CareFusion have successfully implemented their Alaris system across all four WellSpan Health Hospitals, a regional health system based in south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. WellSpan York Hospital has become the first facility to simultaneously go live with new infusion pump devices connected to a central electronic health record (EHR) system. The Alaris System interoperability solution is designed to help reduce the risk of intravenous (IV) medication programming errors at the patient bedside by enabling bidirectional communication between the infusion pump and the EHR for both syringe pumps and large volume infusions.
“WellSpan Health has been a leader in leveraging technology to promote patient safety,” said Kris O’Shea, vice president, Nursing Practice and Clinical Informatics, WellSpan Health. “Smart infusion pumps provide safety, but interoperability provides the next level of reliability. Not only does infusion pump integration to the EHR help improve patient safety, but it also documents all infusions back into the EHR, which saves a lot of time and administrative work for our nurses—time that is invested back into direct patient care.”
The Alaris system can be wirelessly prepopulated with infusion order parameters directly from the hospital’s EHR by scanning the barcodes on the patient’s ID band, the medication to be administered, and the smart pump. This method results in the programmed infusion order parameters being sent back into the patient’s medical record in near real-time and helps ensure accurate IV medication administration and documentation, and reduces opportunities for human error.
About WellSpan Health
WellSpan Health is a regional, comprehensive health system serving the communities of south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 730 providers, a home care organization, four respected hospitals, more than 11,000 employees and more than 130 patient care locations. WellSpan’s mission is to improve health by providing exceptional care for all, promoting lifelong wellness and fostering healthy communities.
CareFusion, a BD company, serves 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 and IV sets, MaxPlus® and MaxZero™ IV connectors and sets, Pyxis® automated dispensing and patient identification systems, AVEA®, LTV® series and AirLife® 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. For more information please visit www.carefusion.com.
For Further Information
More on the markets for infusion therapy devices in the U.S. can be found in this 2015 edition report published by iData entitled U.S. Market for Infusion Therapy Devices, which covers the U.S. as a whole, as well as market segments for large volume, syringe, patient-controlled analgesia, electronic ambulatory, and disposable ambulatory infusion pumps; primary, secondary and extension IV sets; and split septum, blunt cannula, and mechanical valve needleless connectors.
The iData series on the market for infusion therapy devices also covers the U.S., Australia, Japan, South Korea, and 15 countries in Europe. Full reports provide a comprehensive analysis including units sold, procedure numbers, market value, forecasts, as well as detailed competitive market shares and analysis of major players’ success strategies in each market and segment.
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