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Olathe Health System Implements New Technology to Connect Infusion Pumps to Electronic Health Records

Interoperability Solution from CareFusion and Cerner Helps Improve Safety and Efficiency of Infusion Medication Delivery

Dec 11, 2013

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 11, 2013 – Olathe Health System today announced the rollout of new technology that is designed to help improve medication safety at Olathe Medical Center and Miami County Medical Center.

The new technology from CareFusion (NYSE: CFN) and Cerner is designed to help hospitals reduce medication administration errors by enabling nurses to pre-program intravenous (IV) medication orders from the hospitals’ Cerner Millennium®[1] electronic health record (EHR) system to the CareFusion Alaris® System smart infusion pump through bar-code scanning at the patient bedside.

The CareFusion Alaris System and the Cerner CareAware iBus® have the capability to reduce the number of manual steps required to program an infusion order from as many as 22 key presses down to two or three confirmation steps. This helps to reduce the risk of harmful and costly IV medication programming errors at the patient's bedside.

"This new technology will add another level of safety to our infusions and help protect our patients to an even greater degree," said Dorothy Carey, senior vice president of Nursing for Olathe Health System. “We have implemented great technologies across our hospital, but connecting those technologies with each other is the next frontier in health care technology.”

"We are very proud to work with Olathe Health System to implement new technology that can help improve medication safety across their hospitals," said J.C. Kyrillos, senior vice president and general manager of Infusion for CareFusion. "Our hospital customers are increasingly interested in interoperability solutions with their EHRs, and we continue to see great momentum in our approach and technology."

In 2010, CareFusion and Cerner entered into a strategic agreement to closely integrate their industry-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 CareFusion ventilators with Cerner CareAware iBus and Cerner Millennium, enabling hospitals to achieve greater device interoperability to enhance patient safety and clinical workflows.

More information on CareFusion's interoperability solutions can be found at www.carefusion.com/emrinteroperability.


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 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. CareFusion employs approximately 15,000 people across its global operations. More information may be found at www.carefusion.com.

 

[1] Millennium, CareAware iBus and CareAware Infusion Management are all registered trademarks of Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, Mo.

For further information: Media: Troy Kirkpatrick - (858) 617-2361 - troy.kirkpatrick@carefusion.com Investors: Jim Mazzola - (858) 617-1203 - jim.mazzola@carefusion.com