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Summer Webinars Include Smart Pumps and Saratoga Guest Speaker

It’s been a little while since our last post. Please forgive the lapse — we’ve been busy connecting medical devices to EHRs at many hospitals. And we have another Smart Pump EHR Integration implementation currently scheduled to go live in September.    

Connecting smart pumps to your EHR is a complex project, but well worth it. Doing so improves patient safety, saves your nurses time, and helps increase IV reimbursements. If you’re interested in learning more about Smart Pump EHR Integration, we’re hosting three webinars this summer on the subject, including one where Amy Speanburg, MS, RN, Clinical Informatics Specialist at Saratoga Hospital will join us as our guest speaker.

Scroll down for registration links and a description of each webinar.  

 

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Close the Loop on IV Medication Administration

If you’re a clinician, you know that closed loop medication administration can enhance patient safety and improve efficiencies throughout the medication management process — from the time a physician orders a prescription, to the time a nurse administers the medication and documents it in the patient’s eMAR. Maybe you’ve implemented CPOE and bedside medication verification to close the loop on oral medications?

But what about IV meds? Exactly what does closed loop IV medication administration look like?

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Smart Pumps at MUSE 2017 & how this topic relates to all of us

International MUSE is right around the corner, May 30 – June 2. MUSE provides excellent opportunities to network with peers and share information about what’s new in the MEDITECH community. This year, Smart Pump EHR Integration is new, and ed session #1117 offers nurse informaticists, pharmacists, IT analysts, and C-level hospital decision makers the chance to learn about this new and exciting technology. So mark your calendar and plan to attend “Connect Your Smart Pumps to MEDITECH,” which will be presented by Union Hospital and Iatric Systems on Thursday, June 1st at 9:00 a.m.

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Update from IHE Connectathon 2017

Healthcare depends on interoperability – bringing the right data to the right people at the right time, so that data can be used to improve patient care. I saw these principles in action at the IHE Connectathon event in Cleveland this year. For those unfamiliar with IHE Connectathon, it's the world’s largest healthcare IT interoperability testing event, where medical device vendors, EHR vendors, and other industry partners come together to test, to network, and to collaborate.

Continue reading to find out how IHE Connecthathon benefits hospitals…

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Infusion Errors Top the 2017 ECRI Hazards Report

Earlier this month, the ECRI Institute published its annual Top 10 Health Technology Hazards report. Infusion Errors topped the list this year as hazard #1. Here’s our interpretation…

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I.V. Smart Pumps Roundtable Article

Earlier this month, TechNation magazine interviewed several industry experts about important qualities to consider when purchasing smart pumps. Prevention of medication errors, wireless connectivity, and ease of use were among the top options listed.  

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Connectivity Series: Nihon Kohden

So far in our Connectivity Series, we’ve shared details about how to integrate GE medical devices, Philips equipment, and Welch Allyn monitors with your EHR. This month, I’ll cover Nihon Kohden. And I’ll also spend some time discussing how important it is to keep flexibility in mind, so you can address a variety of interoperability scenarios.

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Connectivity Series: Welch Allyn

For the third post in our Connectivity Series, I’d like to share with you some details about integrating Welch Allyn devices with your EHR.

Many of Welch Allyn’s monitors are portable, wireless devices that operate in a low-acuity setting. If you’re a clinician or a biomed expert, you understand exactly what that implies: Portable devices function differently than the stationary, continuous monitors typically found in critical care areas like the ICU. And the workflow associated with portable low-acuity devices can be unique, too.  

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Connectivity Series: Philips Equipment

As promised, this is my second post in a series that provides details about our Accelero Connect team’s experience integrating specific manufacturers’ medical devices with your EHR. Last time, the focus was GE devices. Today, I’ll focus on Philips equipment.

If you already use Philips, you know there are many details to understand in order to integrate those devices with your EHR. The Philips network can have a variety of equipment in play, and figuring out how best to set up your integration can get confusing. So I’m going to give you some information, some common configurations we’ve seen, and include details about our Philips integration experience along the way.

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Connectivity Series: GE Medical Devices

This post is the first in a series that will provide you with details about integrating specific manufacturers’ medical devices with your EHR:

  • GE Healthcare
  • Philips
  • Nihon Kohden
  • Mindray
  • Welch Allyn
  • And others
Today I’ll focus on GE. With GE devices, there are multiple integration methods to understand in order to ensure you leverage your equipment in the best possible way to meet your medical device integration needs.
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