Smart pump vendors woefully behind on EMR integration
Report author Coray Tate commented, "Providers are looking at EMR integration as the next big step to make infusions safer. Drug libraries catch most errors, but mistakes can still be made." Twenty-three percent of surveyed organizations reported serious medication incidents in the past 24 months and 60 percent of those were made while using drug libraries. EMR integration with auto-programming would help eliminate those types of programming errors.
Respondent satisfaction was tied to their vendor's technology development. Smart pump vendors Baxter, Carefusion, and Hospira led in wireless technology. B. Bruan and Smiths Medical just received FDA approval, but still have few on wireless.
Those using wireless pumps were reportedly much more likely to be using smart pump report data and monitoring drug library compliance. Tate mentioned, "Without wireless you don't know what you don't know. You are essentially static and your ability to adjust your libraries and processes is greatly reduced. Getting to wireless is an important step in safer infusions."
For discussion on where EMR and smart pump vendors are in development, the report Smart Pumps 2012: Wireless Technology and EMR Integration is available to healthcare providers online for a significant discount off the standard retail price. To purchase, healthcare providers and vendors can visit www.KLASresearch.com/reports.
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