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|New Technology Connects Infusion Pumps to Electronic Health Record
Olathe Health System is one of the first hospitals in the nation to implement a new technology designed to improve medication safety at Olathe Medical Center and Miami County Medical Center.
The new technology is designed to help hospitals reduce medication administration errors by enabling nurses to pre-program intravenous (IV) medication orders from the hospitals' electronic health record (EHR) system to the smart infusion pump through bar-code scanning at the patient bedside.
This bi-directional capability between the smart infusion pump system and the EHR reduces 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," Dorothy Carey, Senior Vice President of Nursing for Olathe Health System, said. "We have implemented great technologies across our hospital, and connecting them with each other is the next frontier in healthcare technology."