Grady is proud to be Metro Atlantaâ€™s first hospital to successfully integrate the Alaris IV smart pump technology with its epic electronic medical record (EMR) â€“ taking patient safety to a new level. To date, approximately 25% of U.S. hospitals have achieved smart pump-EMR interoperability.
â€œThe ability to link programmable IV infusion pumps directly to patient medical records significantly decreases the chances of medication administration errors,â€ said Glenn Hilburn, Vice President, Clinical Systems, Grady Health System. â€œWe are able to reduce the number of steps a nurse does from 21 down to three. Fewer steps means fewer chances for mistakes and greatly improved efficiency,â€ Hilburn added.
The smart pump-EMR interoperability rollout on March 1 was the latest step in Gradyâ€™s technology journey to improving medication administration safety. By linking the smart pump to the patientâ€™s medical record, clinicians are able to make sure the right drug is given to the right patient, within the right dose, and at the right time.
â€œThe system validates the infusion against the physicianâ€™s order through barcode technology and programs the pump to dispense the medication. In addition, it sends data back to the medical record as the patient receives the infusion, providing important, real-time information for the patient care team,â€ Hilburn said. â€œThis interoperability is recognized throughout healthcare as a best practice.â€