Hospira and Iatric partner on EMR-medical device interoperability

Two-way communication enables automation of smart pump programming with the validated medication order – and the sending of medication administration data back into the EMR.
By Mike Miliard
11:58 AM
Hospira Iatric EMR interoperability

Hospira, the developer of infusion technologies, is partnering with Iatric Systems to work toward better interoperability between Hospira's smart infusion pumps and electronic medical records.

Based on Iatric Systems' Accelero Connect integration software solution, the two companies are piloting smart pump-EMR interoperability at a U.S. hospital, the companies say – developing two-way communication that enables automation of pump programming with the validated medication order in the system and the sending of med administration data back into the EMR.
Iatric's Accelero Connect technology enables vendor-neutral interoperability between medical devices – low-acuity vital sign monitors, ventilators and now smart pumps – with hospital EMRs.

[Also: FDA seeks to reduce infusion pump risks]

Hospira MedNet safety software helps hospitals develop drug libraries that can automatically link to Hospira infusion devices, enforcing hard/soft upper and lower limits by drug type.

"Smart pump-EMR integration can help save lives and money," said Iatric President Frank Fortner in a statement.

"On the clinical side, we're sending IV medication orders from the EMR to the infusion pump, which significantly minimizes the chance of human errors and helps improve patient outcomes," he said. "On the financial side, we're sending start times, stop times, and other infusion details from the pump back to the EMR, which saves nurses time and may improve hospital reimbursements."

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