Smiths Medical Advances Smart Infusion Pump Interoperability

February 03, 2014

IHE® Connectathon testing successfully completed for DEC, IPEC and ACM

St. Paul, Minn., February 3, 2014 -- Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, announced today it tested its new PharmGuard® Interoperability Software at the IHE Connectathon 2014 in Chicago, demonstrating functionality using the IHE Integration Profiles: 

  • DEC - Device Enterprise Communication
  • IPEC - Infusion Pump Event Communication
  • ACM - Alert Communication Management

The company’s development and testing with IHE allows for the transfer of infusion data to IHE-compatible EMR – Electronic Medical Records systems from Smiths Medical’s infusion systems.  The result will allow a clinician to use an EMR system to automatically capture therapy data for patient records, saving clinicians’ time in daily workflow, increasing documentation accuracy, and improving patient safety by reducing manual data entry errors.  Managing alarms is of high concern, and the company has developed alarm reporting capabilities to further increase patient safety.

“Using the IHE® profiles that promote the use of established standards for medical device interoperability allows us to collaborate with other industry partners to develop a standardized method of communicating information and ultimately helps reduce medication errors,” said Tommy Johns, Vice President Global Products.

Infusion systems, such as Smiths Medical’s Medfusion® syringe pumps and CADD® ambulatory infusion pumps, are programmed by clinicians to provide patients with medication according to their therapy needs. The sophisticated systems, which include PharmGuard® medication safety software, allow pharmacists to develop drug libraries according to hospital-defined protocols, deploy the libraries to infusion pumps wirelessly, collect and manage patient therapy data, and track trends in compliance and medication dosing. 

Smiths Medical will be participating in the IHE® Interoperability Showcase at HIMSS 14 in Orlando, Florida on February 24, 2014.

About Smiths Medical

Smiths Medical is a leading supplier of specialized medical devices and equipment for global markets, focusing on the medication delivery, vital care and safety devices market segments.  It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components.  Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people in more than 50 countries. 

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Marysharon Owens
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