Smiths Medical’s PharmGuard® Infusion Management Software now supports Interoperability

February 24, 2015

The new software provides automatic charting of infusion therapy data from Medfusion® 4000 pumps into a hospital’s EMR system

Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, announced today its Medfusion® 4000 wireless syringe infusion pumps are now interoperable, allowing auto-charting of infusion data into a hospital’s electronic medical record (EMR).

Infusion therapy data is currently sent wirelessly from a Medfusion® 4000 pump to a hospital’s server via PharmGuard® Server software.  Clinicians can then view, evaluate, and print that information to help with continuous quality improvements (CQI) across their enterprise.  The new PharmGuard® Interoperability software add-on module for the PharmGuard® Server software now takes that information one step further by automatically charting it directly into patient records on the hospital’s EMR system, saving clinician’s time in daily workflow.  It also increases documentation accuracy and improves patient safety by reducing manual data entry errors.

The new PharmGuard® Interoperability software supports auto-charting via Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Integration Profiles.  IHE is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industry to improve the way computer systems in healthcare share information.  IHE integration profiles are based on established standards such as DICOM and HL7 to address specific clinical needs in support of optimal patient care.  Systems developed in accordance with IHE communicate better with one another, are easier to implement, and allow healthcare providers to use information more effectively. 

The enhanced alarm reporting that is also now available with PharmGuard® Interoperability software helps hospitals comply with Joint Commission alarm reduction goals.  The software module forwards alerts that are generated by the Medfusion® 4000 syringe pump to Alarm Management applications using the IHE Alert Communication Management profile. This allows clinicians to route alerts from the pumps directly to a clinician’s mobile device for immediate response if needed.

Smiths Medical will be demonstrating the new PharmGuard® Interoperability software in the IHE® Interoperability Showcase at the HIMSS 15 meeting in Chicago, Illinois on April 12-16 and in the Interoperability Showcase at the AAMI 2015 Conference in Denver, Colorado on June 5-8.

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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