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Charleston Area Medical Center Integrates Smart Pump Technology to Advance Patient Safety


LAKE FOREST, Ill., Aug. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), the world's leading provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies, today announced the successful implementation of interoperability between the company's Plum A+™ infusion devices with Hospira MedNet™ safety software and the electronic medical record (EMR) at all four hospitals in the Charleston Area Medical Center Health System, Inc. (CAMC) in Charleston, W. Va. With this successful implementation, Hospira becomes the first smart pump manufacturer to integrate infusion systems with a third major EMR platform. This advanced technology is also known as I.V.-EMR interoperability.1

"Hospira is proud to be CAMC's chosen partner for I.V.-EMR interoperability," said Cynthia Ansari, vice president, U.S. Marketing and Software, Medical Devices. "With this integration, Hospira becomes the first smart pump manufacturer to successfully integrate with three different, major EMR platforms. With the most live integrated hospitals, Hospira's extensive experience enables optimized system functionality and implementation efficiency.1 Hospira further differentiates through committed partnerships with our customers to provide a tailored solution that addresses today's complex clinical environment."

The connectivity between Hospira infusion devices, Hospira MedNet safety software, and the EMR -- or I.V.-EMR interoperability -- allows nurses to automatically program infusion pumps with the pharmacy validated medication order and confirm the order before patient delivery. The infusion information is then automatically sent to the EMR via the secure hospital information system, enabling a pharmacy view displaying currently running infusions to support the timely preparation of subsequent I.V. medication. This advanced system will help to support enhanced patient care, safety and efficiency throughout the CAMC health system, comprised of more than 900 beds.

"At Charleston Area Medical Center, we are dedicated to providing the best patient care through the use of innovative technology like Hospira's I.V.-EMR interoperability," said Ron Moore, Chief Nursing Officer. "This solution will help improve medication management processes by connecting the I.V. pump, medication order, patient and record together."

Hospitals that have adopted Hospira's I.V.-EMR interoperability have seen a positive impact to safety, efficiency and costs, such as:

  • Saved an estimated $6.8 million annually in preventable adverse drug events,2
  • Reduced manual infusion pump programing steps from 17 to 7,3
  • 32 percent reduction in Heparin administration errors.3

About Charleston Area Medical Center

Charleston Area Medical Center ("CAMC") is a nonprofit, 908-bed, regional referral and academic medical center with more than 6,000 employees. CAMC is made up off four hospitals: CAMC General Hospital, CAMC Memorial Hospital, CAMC Teays Valley Hospital and CAMC Women and Children's Hospital. CAMC is home to one of the largest heart programs in the United States; the only kidney transplant center in West Virginia; the highest level trauma center; and the only freestanding children's hospital in the state. All medical services are supported by primary care physicians throughout the region who regularly treat their patients at CAMC hospitals or refer them to CAMC for specialty consultation and treatment. Learn more at

About Hospira

Hospira, Inc. is the world's leading provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies, and a global leader in biosimilars. Through its broad, integrated portfolio, Hospira is uniquely positioned to Advance Wellness™ by improving patient and caregiver safety while reducing healthcare costs. The company is headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill. Learn more at

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1 KLAS. Smart Pump/EMR Integration: What Are My Best Options? May 2015, Orem, UT

2 Ford D, Luttrell N. Leadership in patient safety: IV pump auto-programming. Paper presented at: Cerner Health Conference; October 2009; Kansas City, MO

3 Prusch AE, Suess TM, Paoletti RD, Olin ST, Watts SD. Integrating technology to improve medication administration. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2011;68(9):835-842.


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