NEW ORLEANS, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Oregon Health & Science University received an award last night from the RFID in Healthcare Consortium/Intelligent Hospital for the "2013 Best Comprehensive Integration" of advanced health care technology. The award was presented at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 conference and exhibition, currently underway in New Orleans.
Oregon Health & Science University implemented an interoperability solution that combined Stanley Healthcare's Wi-Fi Real-Time Location System (RTLS) and Asset Tracking & Management with CareFusion's Alaris® IV pump hardware and utilization data. The combined system enabled Oregon Health & Science University to better understand the location and utilization of each IV pump at its hospital, and made it easier for clinicians, equipment managers and biomedical engineers to quickly locate and view near real-time utilization of the pumps.
"Through the integrated Stanley Healthcare and CareFusion solution, we not only know where each pump is located, but if it is currently in use or if it is available for the next patient," said Dennis Minsent, Director of Clinical Technology Services at Oregon Health & Science University. "This has greatly increased our efficiency in how we deliver IV medication to our patients."
In addition to the benefits of a real-time view of IV pump location and utilization, the integrated system can also provide valuable insight into the various pump modules being used in different parts of the hospital. The Alaris® System has several types of pump modules (large volume pump, patient controlled analgesia, syringe, respiratory monitoring), and the hospital can view utilization of each module to determine frequency of use or if there are opportunities to redeploy a module to another area of the hospital where it would have higher utilization.
The new interoperable solution also enables clinicians to push a button on the RFID tag to notify equipment managers or biomedical engineers if the pump needs to be cleaned or serviced. The notification is sent to the appropriate department and they are able to easily locate and retrieve the pump for maintenance.
About Oregon Health & Science University
Oregon Health & Science University is a nationally prominent research university and Oregon's only public academic health center. It serves patients throughout the region with a Level 1 trauma center and nationally recognized Doernbecher Children's Hospital. OHSU operates dental, medical, nursing and pharmacy schools that rank high both in research funding and in meeting the university's social mission. OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute helped pioneer personalized medicine through a discovery that identified how to shut down cells that enable cancer to grow without harming healthy ones. OHSU Brain Institute scientists are nationally recognized for discoveries that have led to a better understanding of Alzheimer's disease and new treatments for Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and stroke. OHSU's Casey Eye Institute is a global leader in ophthalmic imaging, and in clinical trials related to eye disease.
About Stanley Healthcare
Stanley Healthcare provides over 5,000 acute care hospitals and 12,000 long-term care organizations with enterprise solutions that transform safety, security and operational efficiency. The Stanley Healthcare EcoSystem enables customers to achieve organizational excellence and superior care in five critical areas: Patient Safety, Security & Protection, Environmental Monitoring, Clinical Operations & Workflow and Supply Chain & Asset Management. These integrated solutions are complemented by consulting, training and Transformational Lean™ process reengineering. Stanley Healthcare is proud to be part of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. For more information, visit www.StanleyHealthcare.com.
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 market-leading technologies including Alaris® infusion pumps, Pyxis® automated dispensing and patient identification systems, AVEA®, AirLife™ and LTV® series 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 more than 15,000 people across its global operations. More information may be found at www.carefusion.com.
About the RFID in Healthcare Consortium The RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC) is a not-for-profit, global organization founded to elevate awareness and to educate the Life Sciences community on the adoption of new technologies. The RHCC is an educationally focused, vendor neutral, technology and frequency agnostic, association dedicated to promoting the use and adoption of auto-ID, NFC, RFID, RTLS, sensors and wireless technologies in the healthcare, assisted and independent living and nursing home industries. For more information, please visit: www.rfidinhealthcare.org/rhcc/rfid-healthcare and www.intelligenthospital.org.
SOURCE CareFusion Corporation