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Navicent Health Now Offering Infusion Pump Connected to Patients Electronic Medical Record

BD Alaris"„¢ Technology Supports Infusion Delivery for Patients

Atrium Health Navicent is pleased to announce newly implemented technology that will support patient safety and clinical efficiency.

BD Alaris"„¢ System enables bidirectional connectivity between the infusion pump and an electronic medical record (EMR) system. EMR interoperability brings IV infusions into a hospital's barcode medication administration workflow with an additional scan, protecting patients with an added level of medication safety.

"BD Alaris System EMR interoperability pre-populates the infusion parameters, rather than manually programming the order. This reduces the number of key presses required to initiate an infusion, helping to reduce chances of error. This technology ensures that what the physician ordered, and the pharmacist reviewed and approved, can be administered to the patient in a timely and efficient manner," said Jennafer Pennell, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy for Atrium Health Navicent.

Interoperability between the BD Alaris System and the EMR increases the accuracy and availability of infusion status data, which can be used to enhance clinical workflow and drive standardization.

Infusion pumps have numerous medical uses, and are capable of delivering fluids, including nutrients and medications such as antibiotics, chemotherapy, insulin or pain relievers. An EMR system enhances a healthcare provider's ability to provide high-quality and efficient patient care through electronic access to clinical data, the establishment and maintenance of effective clinical workflows, improved patient safety through reduction in medical errors and improved clinical workflow and standardization.

Atrium Health Navicent's successful implementation of this technology was the culmination of the collaborative efforts of Information Technology, Pharmacy and Patient Care Services.

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent was incorporated on November 17, 1994, as a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to coordinate The Medical Center, Navicent Health and other affiliated entities in their mission of providing a comprehensive continuum of high quality, reasonably priced healthcare services to the region. Atrium Health Navicent has 970 beds for medical, surgical, rehabilitation and hospice purposes. The health system includes The Medical Center, Navicent Health, a nationally recognized tertiary teaching hospital; Atrium Health Navicent Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital, the region's only dedicated pediatric hospital; Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin and Medical Center of Peach County, Atrium Health Navicent, both rural hospitals; Rehabilitation Hospital, Atrium Health Navicent, the region's oldest and most experienced rehabilitation provider; Pine Pointe, Atrium Health Navicent, which provides palliative and hospice care in homes and in its facility; Carlyle Place, Atrium Health Navicent, the area's first continuing care retirement community; Navicent Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Atrium Health Navicent; as well as diagnostic and home care services. For more information, please visit www.navicenthealth.org.


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