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Hospira and Iatric Systems partner to deliver smart pump-EMR interoperability to hospitals

Iatric Systems, a healthcare technology company dedicated to helping healthcare organizations enhance their IT investments, and Hospira, a Pfizer Company and leading provider of infusion technologies, today announced a formal partnership to develop interoperability between Hospira’s smart infusion devices and Iatric Systems Accelero Connect integration software solution. Hospira and Iatric Systems have signed a development agreement and are currently piloting smart pump-EMR interoperability (a/k/a IV-EMR interoperability) at an undisclosed U.S. hospital.

The smart pump-EMR interoperability between Hospira and Iatric Systems provides two-way communication that enables automation of pump programming with the validated EMR medication order, as well as documentation of medication administration data back into the patient’s electronic medical record.

“Hospira is proud to partner with Iatric Systems to make IV-EMR interoperability available to the hundreds of hospitals where Iatric Systems performs integration,” said Julie Sawyer-Montgomery, president, Hospira Infusion Systems. “After already becoming the first smart pump vendor to successfully integrate with three major EMR platforms, we are excited to add another major EMR system to the list once this pilot site goes live.”

Iatric Systems Accelero Connect solution is vendor-neutral, enabling interoperability between medical device manufacturers’ equipment and hospital EMRs. Using Accelero Connect, hospitals have successfully integrated critical care and low-acuity vital sign monitors, ventilators, and other medical devices – now including smart pumps – with their hospital EMRs. Iatric Systems has dedicated more than 25 years to helping hospitals maximize their EMR investment.

“Smart pump-EMR integration can help save lives and money. Simply put, it’s the right thing to do,” said Frank Fortner, President, Iatric Systems. “On the clinical side, we’re sending IV medication orders from the EMR to the infusion pump, which significantly minimizes the chance of human errors and helps improve patient outcomes. On the financial side, we’re sending start times, stop times, and other infusion details from the pump back to the EMR, which saves nurses time and may improve hospital reimbursements. This is a win-win for everyone, and we’re proud to partner with Hospira in this advancement of patient care.”

Hospira MedNet safety software enables hospitals to create a drug library which can automatically link to Hospira infusion devices, enforcing hard/soft upper and lower limits by drug type and empowering clinical leaders with visibility into infusion practices through Hospira MedNet Performance Reports. The system is designed to strengthen hospitals’ efforts to improve patient safety, avoid preventable costs, and strengthen formulary compliance.