Smiths Medical Advances Smart Infusion Pump Interoperability

February 04, 2015

IHE® Connectathon testing successfully completed for 6 IHE PCD profiles

Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, announced today it tested its new PharmGuard® Interoperability Software at the IHE Connectathon 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, demonstrating functionality using the IHE Integration Profiles: 

  • DEC - Device Enterprise Communication
  • IPEC - Infusion Pump Event Communication
  • ACM - Alert Communication Management
  • PIV – Point of Care Infusion Verification
  • LS – Location Services
  • DMC – Device Management Communication

The company’s development and testing with IHE permits the transfer of infusion data to IHE-compatible Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems from Smiths Medical’s infusion systems.  The result will allow a clinician to use an EMR system to automatically capture therapy data from Smiths Medical infusion systems 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 also of high concern, and the company has developed alarm reporting capabilities to further increase patient safety.

“We are very pleased with the success of our software testing and are excited that our new technology continues to advance Interoperability technology to help improve clinician and patient safety,” said Jaime LaMontagne, Vice President of Global Product Management, Infusion Therapies.

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 protocol compliance. 

Smiths Medical will also be participating 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 (www.smiths-medical.com) 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 (www.smiths.com), 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. 

Media Contact: Terri Servais, Phone: 651-628-7248, E-mail: terri.servais@smiths-medical.com