THE POINT OF CARE
Barcode-Enabled Point-of-Care Technology - Protecting the Patient in All of
Volume 2, Issue 4 - Winter 2002
+ White Paper Reviews Evidence of Barcoding Efficacy
LEGISLATIVE & REGULATORY
+ HHS Secretary calls for health care IT funding
+ Pressure growing to get Pharmas to utilize Barcode technology
+ Government should take lead to improve quality of care
+ IOM says Gov't Should Fund Demos
+ JCAHO seeks suggestions for future patient safety goals
+ JCAHO TO REQUIRE patient information at your fingertips
+ Drug Dosing Is Major Cause of Hospital Errors
+ Adverse Drug Events and Malpractice Claims, Analyzed
+ Medical rounds with pharmacists equate fewer medication errors
+ Reporting Medication Errors Through Computerized Medication Administration
+ Hospital prescribing errors more than double across 5-year period
+ Identifying Clinically Significant Preventable Adverse Drug Events
+ Physician Experience Linked to Prescribing Errors in Pediatric ED
+ Study Finds Quality Care Can Be Good Business
+ AHA, others unveil safety tools designed to cut medication errors
+ ISMP to Distribute Award-winning Bridge Beyond Blame Documentary
+ B. Braun Medical Inc. Launches 'Ask the B. Braun Safety Expert' Program
+ Nurses' hotline may help trim errors
+ Heart Association Speaks Up on Medication Errors
+ Poll Shows Hospitals Making Effort to Improve Patient Safety
+ ISMP launches monthly newsletter for consumers
+ New web site on patient safety
+ Baxter Takes on the Bar Code Problem
+ American Pharmaceutical Partners Show Commitment To Barcoding
+ Task forces formed for national health information Coordination
+ NAHIT announces board members
BPOC IN THE NEWS
+ Miami Children's Hospital
+ CIO Roundtable: Ensuring patient safety
+ Robotic innovations speed recovery time, reduce medical errors
+ Three Trinity Hospitals to Implement BPOC Technology
+ Shepherd Center Tests BPOC System
+ Need for software savvy in push for patient safety
+ CAMC spending $12 million to replace computers at 3 hospitals
+ UW Hospital BPOC Study Reports 87 Percent Error Reduction
+ Codes of Help
+ Drug Safety Key Issue at Atlanta Pharmacy Conference
+ Memorial Healthcare System Offers Safer Medication
+ Danville Regional Advances BPOC system use
+ Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center barcoded bracelets
+ OSU Medical Center Expands medication safety program
+ IOM says VA Health System is 'Best in the Nation'
+ Fighting Medical Errors on a Binary Battlefield.
+ Phlebotomy collection identification products
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
+ NCQA: Quality Of Care Better, Concerns Remain
+ Survey Released on Medical Errors
+ California Regulators fault hospital for Heparin-related Patient Death
+ Checking Up on Medical Mistakes
+ No End to Errors
+ IT projects funded under $3M AHRQ grants
+ $1.5 Million Grant goes to Valley hospital effort to reduce errors
+ RWJF program to fund health care IT research
+ HHS awards $5.9 million contract to improve patient safety data collection
+ AmerisourceBergen Finalizes Purchase of Bridge Medical, Inc
+ VHA to Measure Impact of Bridge Barcode Patient Safety System
+ SSM Health Care First to Win the Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award
+ Venture Company of the Year?
+ "The Impact of IT on Patient Safety" named HIMSS book of the year!
WHITE PAPER REVIEWS EVIDENCE OF BARCODING EFFICACY
Bridge's new white paper reviews evidence of "The Effect of Barcode-enabled
Point of Care Technology on Patient Safety."
Notes Institute for Safe Medication Practices President Michael R. Cohen,
RPh, MS, DSc, FASHP, in the foreword: "As stakeholders in the quality
improvement of this nation's healthcare, we must recognize the vulnerability
of the patient in all of us. When a practice or technology exists that is
proven to reduce error, it is our shared responsibility to communicate its
efficacy. A technology has begun to take center stage demonstrating
impressive results and demanding our attention. Barcode enabled
point-of-care (BPOC) systems provide a safeguard against error at the most
vulnerable stage in the medication use process-during administration.
Peer-reviewed studies validating BPOC technology efficacy, industry movement
to establish a healthcare barcoding standard, and the announcement of a
future FDA ruling mandating manufacturer-applied barcodes testify to BPOC
systems' coming of age. Its effective use can save lives and dollars while
increasing overall staff efficiency."
In addition to describing how BPOC systems can be used to prevent medication
administration errors in the hospital setting, the Bridge literature review
examines the efficacy of barcoding in preventing blood transfusion and
laboratory specimen collection errors. A free copy is available at:
LEGISLATIVE & REGULATORY
HHS SECRETARY CALLS FOR HEALTH CARE IT FUNDING
iHealthBeat, December 10, 2002
HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson has proposed federal funding to increase the
health care industry's use of information technology, USA Today reported.
Thompson urged Congress to pass a "mini Hill-Burton law" to fund hospitals'
deployment of IT applications; the 1946 Hill-Burton Act provided grants to
modernize hospitals that had become outdated.
Thompson also proposed that the government create standards and provide
funding for technologies that could reduce paperwork and improve medical
care. The FDA, for example, will issue a rule requiring pharmaceutical
companies to label medications with bar codes that could be linked to a bar
code on a patient's wrist band, ensuring proper drug administration,
PRESSURE GROWING TO GET PHARMAS TO UTILIZE BARCODE TECHNOLOGY
ePharm5, October 3, 2002
Following Abbott Laboratory's announcement in July that it would put
barcodes on all of its injectable drugs and IV solutions by 2003, Pfizer has
decided to follow suit, according to a report in Drug Topics. In addition to
the National Drug Code (NDC), manufacturer information and package size
planned for Abbott's barcode, Pfizer will also include the lot number and
expiration date on unit-dose blisterpacks.
While VA hospitals have experienced a reduction in medication errors since
implementing barcodes and bedside scanning, whether or not other pharmcos
will adopt the technology remains a question. However, Drug Topics reports
that pressure to implement barcodes from interest groups eager to reduce
medical errors will continue to grow.
GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE LEAD TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF CARE
iHealthBeat, October 30, 2002
The federal government should offer financial incentives to providers who
improve care and make data comparing quality of care publicly available,
according to a report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The
report, which examined safety and quality in six government health care
programs, also called for government support to develop computerized
clinical and patient records and a national health information
IOM SAYS GOV'T SHOULD FUND DEMOS
Information technology is one of a handful of areas offering the greatest
potential for improving the American health care system, according to a new
report from the Institute of Medicine, "Fostering Rapid Advances in Health
Care: Learning from System Demonstrations," that recommends demonstration
projects-with substantial government funding-In five areas. They include
I.T., expanded insurance coverage, malpractice reform, chronic disease
management and primary care enhancement.
The report recommends up to 10 initial demonstration projects and 25
second-generation projects to develop information systems that virtually
eliminate paper-based processes in demonstration sites within five years.
JCAHO SEEKS SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE PATIENT SAFETY GOALS
The Joint Commission has provided an online form on the JCAHO website with
which you may make a suggestion for future patient safety goals.
JCAHO TO REQUIRE PATIENT INFORMATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
It's common practice for caregivers to obtain important patient information
when dispensing medications. But with the proposed revision of the JCAHO's
medication standard TX.3.2, the accreditor more clearly specifies what
medical information caregivers need to consider. According to the draft
standard TX.3.2, "health care professionals involved in the medication use
process have access to and use patient and medication information important
in the prescribing, dispensing, administration and monitoring of
Reviews will be looking to see that the prescriber, pharmacist, and
appropriate clinical staff receive, have readily available access to and use
of pertinent data at the time of prescribing, dispensing or administering
medications. Examples of minimum information that should be readily
available include the following:
+ Co-morbidities (e.g., renal failure, diabetes)
+ Pregnancy and lactation status
+ Medication allergies and past sensitivities
+ Current medications, including prescription, over-the-counter, herbal
medications, and home remedies used as an alternative to other medications.
DRUG DOSING IS MAJOR CAUSE OF HOSPITAL ERRORS
The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, December 4, 2002
Although most hospital medication mistakes are discovered and corrected
quickly, some are fatal, reported a study released by the U.S.
Pharmacopeia's Center for the Advancement of Patient Safety. The study found
that 2.4%, of the medication errors documented in 2001 by participating
American hospitals resulted in patient injury or fatality.
The study attributes the errors largely to workload increases for doctors
and nurses. Distractions were the most common cause of error but were often
combined with other factors. Inexperienced or inadequate staff accounted for
about 43% of the factors contributing to errors, an increase from 33% in
2000 and 27% in 1999.
Data for the study were voluntarily provided by 368 health-care facilities
across the country and compiled by MedMARx, a database administered by U.S.
ADVERSE DRUG EVENTS AND MALPRACTICE CLAIMS, ANALYZED
A study published in Archives of Internal Medicine conducted a retrospective
analysis of malpractice insurance company claims records from January 1,
1990, to December 31, 1999. Each case was screened for possible Adverse
Drug Events (ADEs). Results of the study showed that ADEs represented 6.3
percent of claims. ADEs were judged preventable in 73 percent of the cases
and were nearly evenly divided between outpatient and inpatient settings.
MEDICAL ROUNDS WITH PHARMACISTS EQUATE FEWER MEDICATION ERRORS
According to a study in the Nov. 1 issue of the American Journal of
Health-System Pharmacy, pharmacist participation in daily medical rounds
reduced medication errors by 51%. Nearly 80% of the patients in the control
group had a medication error, the study found. It noted that the mean length
of stay, cost and mortality nearly double for patients with an adverse drug
Link: http://www.ashp.org/public/pubs/ajhp. (subscription required)
REPORTING MEDICATION ERRORS THROUGH COMPUTERIZED MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION
Low DK, Belcher JV. Comput Inform Nurs 2002 Sep-Oct;20(5):178-183
The purpose of this study was to compare medication error rate per 1,000
doses administered before and after the implementation of a barcode
medication administration system. The study was conducted on two
medical-surgical units at a Midwest government hospital 12 months both
before and after the implementation of the Bar Code Medication
Administration system. The medication error rate per 1,000 doses
administered by a nurse after implementation of the Bar Code Medication
Administration system showed an 18% increase. The results probably do not
indicate an increase in medication errors but rather an increase in the
number of medication errors reported. This research highlights problems with
programs evaluating medication errors and new technology implementation.
HOSPITAL PRESCRIBING ERRORS MORE THAN DOUBLE ACROSS 5-YEAR PERIOD
Journal of General Internal Medicine 2002;17:579-587.
Based on a review of dosage form errors at one hospital during that 5-year
period, Dr. Timothy S. Lesar of the Albany Medical Center in Albany, New
York, found that the rate of these errors increased from slightly higher
than 0.6 for each 100 patients in 1996 to 1.3 per 100 patients in 2000.
Given these findings, Lesar writes that patients admitted to the hospital
are "at risk for adverse outcomes due to prescribing errors."
As to why the rate of these errors appears to be on the rise, the researcher
told Reuters Health that more medications are now available in different
forms, which increases the chance that mistakes will occur.
IDENTIFYING CLINICALLY SIGNIFICANT PREVENTABLE ADVERSE DRUG EVENTS
Winterstein AG, Hatton RC, Gonzalez-Rothi R et al. American Journal of
This study analyzed the ability of a hospital's adverse drug reaction (ADR)
database to identify common and repeated patterns of preventable adverse
drug events (ADEs). Although 93 drugs were associated with ADEs, only 10
drugs accounted for more than 60% of the events. Analysis and categorization
by type of error and outcome suggested that three high-priority preventable
ADEs accounted for 50% of all reports:
(1) overdoses of anti-coagulants or insufficient monitoring and
adjustments (according to laboratory test values) were associated with
(2) overdosing or failure to adjust for drug-drug interactions of opiate
agonists was associated with somnolence and respiratory depression, and
(3) inappropriate dosing or insufficient monitoring of insulins was
associated with hypoglycemia.
PHYSICIAN EXPERIENCE LINKED TO PRESCRIBING ERRORS IN PEDIATRIC ED
ECRI's Healthcare Risk Control Weekly News, October 9, 2002
Prescribing errors were found in 10% of patients in a pediatric emergency
department at a Toronto, Ontario, Canada hospital, according to a review in
the October 2002 Pediatrics. The review found that a physician's level of
training was the most significant risk factor for errors. Medical trainees
were more likely to commit the errors than staff physicians, although error
rates among trainees decreased as the academic year progressed. In addition,
errors were most likely to occur between 4 and 8 a.m. and on weekends.
STUDY FINDS QUALITY CARE CAN BE GOOD BUSINESS
The Virginia Health Quality Center released results of a national study
demonstrating that quality improvement activities can have business benefits
for hospitals and physician offices. The study, "Making the Case for the
Business Benefits of Health Care Quality Improvement Program Projects,"
shows that in addition to better patient care, quality improvement projects
can provide direct and indirect financial rewards to hospitals and physician
offices, including increases in revenue and improved efficiency.
The study also found that:
+ Improved efficiency reduced average hospital length of stay and decreased
+ Higher profits result from greater patient volume, increased
reimbursements due to higher intensity patient visits, and increased use of
ancillary services in physician offices.
+ Quality has other benefits including enhanced reputation, improved
employee retention, improved physician satisfaction, satisfaction of
accreditation requirements for quality improvement, and reduced exposure to
liability as a result of reduced errors.
AHA, OTHERS UNVEIL SAFETY TOOLS DESIGNED TO CUT MEDICATION ERRORS
A set of tools designed to reduce medication errors and help hospitals take
a system-based approach to address such errors was released at the 37th
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting. The
tools -- Pathways for Medication Safety -- were developed by the AHA, the
Health Research and Educational Trust and the Institute for Safe Medication
Practices with support from The Commonwealth Fund. Organized in a modular
format to suit different organizations and professionals, the three main
Pathways components will help hospital leaders plan for medication safety;
identify error-prone processes; and prepare to implement a bedside
bar-coding system for administering medications.
Pathways for Medication Safety is available free of charge at
ISMP TO DISTRIBUTE AWARD-WINNING BRIDGE BEYOND BLAME DOCUMENTARY
On Dec. 9, 1997, "Beyond Blame" premiered in Atlanta. The ten-minute film
premiered at Atlanta's historic Fox Theater during the 1997 Midyear Clinical
Meeting of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Since then, it
has been distributed by the American Hospital Association to all its members
and used by Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals in new employee
training. An estimated 15,000 copies have been distributed in total.
In December, Beyond Blame producer Bridge Medical officially donated
exclusive Beyond Blame distribution rights, and all ensuing video revenues,
to the Institute for Safe Medical Practices.
B. BRAUN MEDICAL INC. LAUNCHES 'ASK THE B. BRAUN SAFETY EXPERT' PROGRAM
Business Wire, Tuesday, October 15, 2002
B. Braun Medical Inc. introduced its Ask the B. Braun Safety Expert program,
a free service designed to provide clinicians and healthcare consumers with
answers to questions about some of today's most pressing healthcare safety
issues. By dialing 1-888-800-6668 or by sending an email to
SafetyExpert@bbraunusa.com, individuals will have access to B. Braun's panel
of safety experts comprised of clinicians and nurses with practical
experience in handling numerous patient and clinician safety issues. B.
Braun safety experts are available to answer questions across the spectrum -
from basic safety questions like "What is the cost of medication errors in
the U.S. today?" to more complex safety issues like "How can barcoding IV
solutions reduce medication errors at the point of care?" In the near
future, individuals will also have access to the Ask the B. Braun Safety
Expert program through the company's web site, http://www.bbraunusa.com.
NURSES' HOTLINE MAY HELP TRIM ERRORS
The Denver Post Monday, November 25, 2002
Operating room nurses worried that procedures aren't being followed or that
medications may be labeled in a way that causes confusion now have a place
to turn for help. The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses has
set up a toll-free hotline that nurses can call with all kinds of concerns.
The hotline is part of a comprehensive program aimed at helping nurses
reduce the number of errors in patient care. When a nurse calls the hotline
he or she leaves a message and an association nurse calls back with an
answer or advice within 24 hours. Nurses can also e-mail the association
with questions and concerns.
HEART ASSOCIATION SPEAKS UP ON MEDICATION ERRORS
The American Heart Association, in a scientific statement issued Nov. 12 and
published in Circulation, said the medical community "can reduce the
frequency and clinical impact of medication errors by enhancing error
detection rates, using appropriate methods for reporting errors, and
implementing safer methods of drug ordering, dispensing, and tracking."
Link: http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/full/106/20/2623 (subscription
POLL SHOWS HOSPITALS MAKING EFFORT TO IMPROVE PATIENT SAFETY
PR Newswire, Thursday, October 24, 2002
In the face of a work force shortage that contributes to medical errors,
90%of poll respondents at the Partnership Symposium 2002: Smart Designs for
Patient Safety in Washington, D.C. said they believe their organizations
have made a credible effort to improve patient safety. More than a third of
the respondents said that hospital pharmacies are addressing patient safety
the best within their organizations. Sixty-four percent of attendees
responding to the poll indicated that in addition to a committed effort to
improve patient safety, health care organizations have embraced technology
as a tool to facilitate improvements. According to the survey, most commonly
used tools include barcoding, bedside computer stations, robotic pharmacy
carts, and online error reporting mechanisms.
ISMP LAUNCHES MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR CONSUMERS
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has announced a new,
easy-to-read newsletter called "Safe Medicine," designed especially for
patients and nonclinical hospital employees. This monthly publication
focuses exclusively on preventing medication errors.
NEW WEB SITE ON PATIENT SAFETY
Healthcare professionals involved in patient safety improvement activities
will soon have a new resource - an online case-based journal and forum on
patient safety and healthcare quality. Supported by a contract from the
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, WebM&M is designed to educate
healthcare providers about medical errors in an engaging, anonymous, and
BAXTER TAKES ON THE BAR CODE PROBLEM
HealthData Management, December 10, 2002
Baxter Healthcare Corp. has introduced bar code technology for flexible IV
bags that includes lot number and expiration date information. A lot number
helps identify and track batches of product, which is critical in pulling
products subject to a recall.
Until now, the industry has had difficulty putting lot number and expiration
date information on bar codes for a number of technical reasons. Now, Baxter
has developed computer-controlled printing technology that uses heat
transfer to apply a bar code directly to the IV bag. The code can be updated
via the computer keyboard, enabling real-time ability to modify a code to
include a lot number and expiration date. Baxter calls the new technology
Enlightened Bar Coding.
AMERICAN PHARMACEUTICAL PARTNERS SHOW COMMITMENT TO BARCODING
BUSINESS WIRE, Dec. 6, 2002
American Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. (APP), is leading the pharmaceutical
industry with its commitment to enhancing patient safety and reducing
medication errors in hospitals by being the first to apply barcodes at the
unit-of-use level to all new injectable products launched in 2001, including
the smallest 2mL vials. APP continued this patient quality enhancement
effort throughout 2002. With 70% of APP's products already barcoded, APP now
reaffirms its commitment to complete this initiative. The company expects to
be manufacturing the remaining hospital injectables with barcodes by Jan. 1,
Establishing a system-wide barcoding initiative within a healthcare facility
is a huge undertaking that requires the commitment of already scarce
monetary and human resources. To make the implementation as seamless and
cost-efficient as possible for its customers, two years ago APP decided to
begin incorporating barcodes on drug vials at the individual unit-of-use
level with the most common symbology used today--UPC. This symbology is the
industry standard and therefore compatible with virtually all barcode
scanners currently on the market.
TASK FORCES FORMED FOR NATIONAL HEALTH INFORMATION COORDINATION
iHealthBeat, October 17, 2002
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society announced a task
force charged with developing plans for a national health information
infrastructure. The NHII Task Force will first examine the current state of
health care information technology and identify areas for development. The
group is also charged with developing a prototype NHII and incorporating
feedback from HIMSS members and other health care leaders.
The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, an advisory body to
HHS, is also examining ways to develop a NHII. In December 2001, NCVHS
released a report that outlined ways that government, industry, advocacy
groups and consumer organizations could work together to build a health
HIMSS Link: http://www.himss.org/ASP/ContentRedirector.asp?ContentId=22401
NCVHS Link: http://ncvhs.hhs.gov/nhiilayo.pdf
NAHIT ANNOUNCES BOARD MEMBERS
The National Alliance for Health Information Technology announced the
appointment of its inaugural board of directors. The NAHIT board, which
includes Bridge Medical President and CEO John B. Grotting, is responsible
for strategic planning, establishing an agenda of project priorities, and
oversight of the organization and its key deliverables. The Alliance works
to develop voluntary standards for health information technology.
For a list of board members go to:
BPOC IN THE NEWS
MIAMI CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Excerpts from The Miami Herald Nov. 13, 2002
Miami Children's Hospital is the first freestanding pediatric hospital in
Florida to use MedPoint, a barcode-based computer system that verifies the
''five rights'' of administering medicine -- the right patient, the right
drug, the right dose, the right time that it should be given and checks for
Medicine bar coding has been done since the 1980s, but it started taking off
when a 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine showed that improper
administration of medications in hospitals was alarmingly high -- about 30
percent, according to Connie Chan, director of pharmacy at Miami Children's.
''The whole purpose of technology is to minimize human error. This will
force the human side to acknowledge the process,'' Chan said.
The barcoding system is especially valuable for pediatric wards because it's
harder to give children standard doses of medicines. Now, with the MedPoint
system, doses will be determined by volume and weight. Miami Children's
nurse Cheryl Topps said the MedPoint barcoding system has taken into
consideration the tiniest of infant patients.
CIO ROUNDTABLE: ENSURING PATIENT SAFETY
ADVANCE for Health Information Executives, Nov. 2002
In a recent issue of ADVANCE for Health Information Executives, CIO
panelists-including John Hummel-discussed how they are safeguarding patients
and how quality initiatives are streamlining processes. Hummel is CIO/SVP of
information technology at Sutter Health, a Sacramento (Calif.)-based health
system currently implementing the Bridge MedPoint barcode-enabled point of
care system at 26 hospitals in northern California.
"The bottom line so far for Sutter has been that we need to look beyond CPOE
for patient safety. We need to look at our timelines and determine what we
can do to make the biggest impact in the shortest time for patient safety.
CPOE will get done, but requires such a huge change in our physical culture
and training that it will simply take time to complete," said Hummel.
He continued, "[With CPOE] we still didn't have that double check at the
point of administration. Thus, with a barcoding system, we could take that
extra step to help to further reduce or eliminate the ADE problem in patient
ROBOTIC INNOVATIONS SPEED RECOVERY TIME, REDUCE MEDICAL ERRORS
NurseWeek, December 5, 2002
While some hospitals are experimenting with robotic surgery, others are
tapping into the latest computerized technologies with high-tech
prescription delivery systems.
Nurses who use this new technology begin by scanning three things: a bar
code imprinted on the patient's ID, their own ID and the prescription. These
three codes must match to verify the drug, dose, time and route.
Hospital medication errors received national attention in November 1999 when
the Institute of Medicine reported that thousands of deaths occur in
hospitals as a result of medical errors.
NurseWeek reported on Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver,
Wash., where nurses are using a new barcode-enabled point of care (BPOC)
system to safeguard patients from medication errors.
Each month, the medical center prepares an average of 300,000 doses of
medication. BPOC Systems have proved to reduce medication errors by more
than 80 percent by catching potential errors before they occur, according to
a study published in the winter edition of the Journal of Healthcare
In August, California's Sutter Health network of hospitals announced plans
to implement the new Bridge MedPoint medication delivery system in all of
their medical centers within the next three years, reported NurseWeek.
"From a nurse's perspective, I think this is one of the most exciting new
technologies to be introduced in recent years," said Susan Bumatay, MSN, RN,
assistant administrator and chief nurse executive at Sutter Delta Medical
Center in Antioch, Calif., one of the first six Sutter Health hospitals to
implement the technology.
"The task of routinely administering medication has become much more complex
in recent years," Bumatay said. "There are more than 17,000 pharmaceuticals
in use in the United States today, and many of them have names that look and
sound alike, which can be confusing."
THREE TRINITY HOSPITALS TO IMPLEMENT BPOC TECHNOLOGY
PRNewswire, December 3, 2002
Three members of the Trinity Health, Novi Michigan, have made a commitment
to improve patient safety by investing in proven state-of-the-art scanning
technology. Saint Agnes Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa
and Mercy Medical Center - Dubuque will each implement a complete system for
scanning bar coded medications, patient wristbands and caregiver badges to
ensure the `5 Rights' of medication administration.
Saint Agnes Medical Center, a 330-bed hospital in Fresno, Calif. became the
first Trinity hospital to contract for a medication verification system.
According to Lynn Miyamoto, director of clinical systems, the facility will
implement the system to better ensure compliance with California's Senate
Bill 1875. Under the terms of the Bill, on or before January 1, 2005,
California hospitals must implement a formal plan to eliminate or
substantially reduce medication-related errors.
SHEPHERD CENTER TESTS BPOC SYSTEM
Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia, a 100-bed catastrophic care hospital
specializing in treating spinal cord injuries, acquired brain injuries,
multiple sclerosis, and other neuromuscular illnesses and urological
problems, announced that they will conclude beta testing of their BPOC
software and they expected to be deployed facility-wide in mid-January.
NEED FOR SOFTWARE SAVVY IN PUSH FOR PATIENT SAFETY
CAP Today, October 2002
A recent article by Suzanne Butch, chief technologist of the blood bank and
transfusion service, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor,
advocates barcoding for transfusion safety. In fact, Butch contends that,
"the same patient-identification system ideally should be used throughout
the hospital for all patient care, not just laboratory specimens and
CAMC SPENDING $12 MILLION TO REPLACE COMPUTERS AT 3 HOSPITALS
Charleston Gazette, Wednesday, November 20, 2002
Charleston Area Medical Center officials plan to replace the computer
information system at the three hospitals at a cost of $12 million. With new
systems, geared toward patient safety, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and
others will gradually replace all written orders with electronic orders,
whether via a hand-held computer or other hardware, to decrease possible
human mistakes. Prescription medications will contain barcodes that match
the codes patients wear on identification bracelets.
UW HOSPITAL BPOC STUDY REPORTS 87 PERCENT ERROR REDUCTION
PR Newswire, Wednesday, November 13, 2002
An in-depth study at the University of Wisconsin (UW) Hospital and Clinics
shows the hospital has reduced medication administration errors by 87% with
the use of barcode-enabled point of care (BPOC) verification technology. UW
Hospital is employing a hand-held wireless barcode scanner that caregivers
use at the point of care to ensure that the five key aspects of medication
administration are correct, thereby reducing medication errors. The results
show dramatic improvements in medication administration and documentation
accuracy, based on a direct observational study of caregivers by trained
Following BPOC implementation, the prevalence of wrong dose, wrong dosage
form and omission errors were observed to decrease by more than 90%, while
medications given at the wrong time dropped by over 75%.
Other outcomes from the introduction of BPOC technology included dramatic
improvements in medication administration record documentation accuracy,
with post-implementation accuracy exceeding 99 percent. Additionally, pre-
and post-implementation nurse satisfaction surveys have demonstrated a 42
percent overall improvement in nurse satisfaction with the medication
administration and documentation process, and a 64 percent improvement in
nurse perception of system efficiency and safety.
CODES OF HELP
Newsweek, Monday, November 18, 2002
New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, in a move designed to cut down on
medical errors, is trying out a new system that uses barcode scanners to
make sure the right patients are getting the right doses of intravenous
drugs. The FDA has already started pushing for barcode labeling on bottles
and packets of oral and injectable medications. But since a third of
hospital errors occur when IV pumps are programmed incorrectly--a problem
that wouldn't be entirely solved by the FDA's proposal-- new systems like
the one at Methodist take the concept further by automating the programming
process. Prescription labels generated in the hospital pharmacy are stuck to
IV bags. Nurses scan barcodes on the labels to make sure they match codes on
patient ID tags--and then program the IV pumps by simply swiping the labels
DRUG SAFETY KEY ISSUE AT ATLANTA PHARMACY CONFERENCE
BW HealthWire, Dec. 3, 2002
Medication safety expert Susanne Larrabee, RPh, shared her experiences in
using barcode technology to protect patients from medication errors at the
ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Atlanta. A pioneer in the development and
implementation of BPOC medication safety technology, Larrabee discussed the
institutional benefits of a BPOC medication administration system.
The Northern Michigan Hospital clinical pharmacist and her colleagues in
Petoskey have been using BPOC technology from Bridge Medical to protect
patients from preventable medication errors since 1998. "MedPoint has not
only prevented a significant number of potential errors, but the information
we have gained through its use has allowed us to do root cause analysis and
change some of our processes," explained Larrabee, "insuring that we are
eliminating the sources for potential errors in our medication delivery
MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM OFFERS SAFER MEDICATION
PR Newswire, Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Memorial Healthcare System (Hollywood, Fla.) will begin using a new system
to support medication safety during inpatient care. They system will provide
electronic alerts and replace handwritten processes to prevent medication
errors. Memorial's immediate goal is to use wireless barcode scanning
technology, electronic patient information and automated charting to check
the accuracy of each medication dosage administered to each patient, and to
automatically record the drug, dose, and time of administration in the
DANVILLE REGIONAL ADVANCES BPOC SYSTEM USE
Excerpts from Sublett P. Health Management Technology, November 2002
Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) helped develop a BPOC application.
The two major technology elements of the system are wireless computers
containing electronic medical records that are mounted on a medication cart
and wheeled into the patient's room, and wireless barcode scanners. The
account of this development process, published in Health management
Technology, said the biggest implementation hurdle for many nurses was
getting into the habit of wheeling the wireless computers into their
patients' rooms every time they administered medication. There was an eight
to ten week learning curve for the nursing staff to become comfortable with
Today, all DRMC nurses use the system, and no DRMC inpatient anywhere in the
facility receives medication without using the barcode verification
technology. Since enterprise-wide implementation in early 2002, DRMC has
documented an average of 84 to 264 potential errors prevented each week. The
system has since earned overwhelming support from the nursing staff by
relieving their apprehension about making errors, reducing their
administrative burden, and promoting accurate documentation and charge
capture, thereby improving efficiency.
An average of 50 phone calls per day to the pharmacy have been eliminated
because the system facilitates message communication between nurses and the
pharmacy. Fewer interruptions to the pharmacy order entry process means a
decreased chance for potential medication errors. The system also alerts the
nurse if there is any clinical data that must be collected at the time of
medication administration, which promotes complete documentation. That
information is transferred to the clinical repository and enables physicians
to view the patient's complete status at the touch of a button.
SUNRISE HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER BARCODED BRACELETS
Las Vegas Review-Journal, Monday, October 07, 2002
Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center patients now wear a barcoded bracelet
that nurses scan to ensure the patient gets the correct medication in the
correct dose at the appropriate time. The new computer barcoding system
provides an extra safety check to help prevent medical mistakes. Nurses scan
the patient's wrist, much like food items are scanned in a grocery store,
whenever medication is given. The patient's information then pops up on a
portable computer screen, flashing a warning signal if anything is amiss.
The scanning system also double checks for any drug interactions.
Patients admitted to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center will receive the
special barcoded bracelet upon arrival. The barcode tells a nurse via
computer the patient's current drug history, any lab work results, doctors'
orders and the patient's allergies.
Hospital Corporation of America, Sunrise Hospital's parent company, plans to
incorporate the new technology in all of its 200 facilities nationwide.
OSU MEDICAL CENTER EXPANDS MEDICATION SAFETY PROGRAM
PR Newswire, Wednesday, October 23, 2002
The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) is ensuring accuracy
throughout the medication-use process, by providing barcode packaging on ALL
medications. Newly acquired pharmacy automation systems will provide an
important starting point in the OSUMC strategy for barcode scanning at the
bedside. Until that time, the goal is to use barcodes on medications for a
double-check before they leaving the pharmacy.
IOM SAYS VA HEALTH SYSTEM IS 'BEST IN THE NATION'
PR Newswire, Thursday, October 31, 2002
An IOM report, entitled Leadership by Example, lauded VA's use of
performance measures to improve quality in clinical disciplines and in
ambulatory, hospital and long-term care.
The IOM report also cited the VA's electronic medical record system and Bar
Code Medication Administration (BCMA) program as essential tools for
improving health care quality and patient safety. Earlier this year, the
BCMA program won the 2002 Pinnacle Award, a top honor by the American
Pharmaceutical Association Foundation.
FIGHTING MEDICAL ERRORS ON A BINARY BATTLEFIELD.
Excerpts from Health Data Management, Monday, September 30, 2002
According to Richard Kremsdorf, M.D., president of Five Rights Consulting
Inc., a San Diego-based health care consulting firm, hospitals can take
interim error reduction steps in moving toward a long-term goal of
automating order entry.
"What makes CPOE so advanced is bringing things like lab data to bear when
physicians write the orders," he says. "Physician order entry is important,
but I'm not sure it's the place to start. There are simpler things to do
first and build toward it."
For example, barcode-enabled medication administration systems and
intravenous drug administration and analysis applications can provide much
needed patient safety checks.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center helped develop sophisticated IV pump
technology to prevent errors in medication administration. The finished pump
analyzes any potential error the system detected during medication
administration. It also enables clinicians to explain how the error
occurred, so the medical center can change work processes to avoid repeating
the mistake. According to Irene Hatcher, R.N.C., case management
coordinator and chair of the hospital's product and supplies analysis
committee, the IV system is helping. Intensive care units, "where a lot of
medication orders are verbal," Hatcher says, are especially vulnerable to
medication errors. "Even the best CPOE system is not going to catch all of
PHLEBOTOMY COLLECTION IDENTIFICATION PRODUCTS
MLO-Medical Laboratory Observer, Sept. 2002
Despite breathtaking technological advances in clinical testing over the
years that have eliminated many sources of human error, progress in patient
identification and specimen labeling has lagged behind, with the exception
of the development of preprinted labels. Where once the phlebotomist had to
handwrite the patient's identification on the tube, today's laboratory
information systems provide preprinted labels. However, even when preprinted
labels are made in the laboratory and carried to the patient's side, many
opportunities for human error exist.
When phlebotomists rely on manual methods to identify their patients, errors
can occur at two critical steps in the process: in the identification of the
patient, and in the labeling of the specimen. The patient might be sleepy or
disoriented from medication and unable to verify his or her name, or the
wristband might be blurry, difficult to read in low light, or even missing.
A label with the name of another patient could be put by mistake on the
The trend in positive patient identification is toward mobile computing and
barcoding, in phlebotomy as well as pharmacy, transfusion, and other
services. Today, a caregiver can walk into a patient's room, scan his or her
own barcoded ID badge as well as the patient's barcoded wristband, read the
orders for that draw from a handheld data terminal, draw the specimen, print
a detailed label at the bedside, then later upload the draw information into
the lab information system.
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
NCQA: QUALITY OF CARE BETTER, CONCERNS REMAIN
The National Committee for Quality Assurance 's State of Health Care Quality
report found that despite continued clinical quality improvements, more than
6,000 deaths and 22 million sick days could be avoided annually if "best
practice" care found at the nation's top organizations were adopted
Link: http://www.ahqa.org/pub/connections/162_696_2585.cfm - ncqa
SURVEY RELEASED ON MEDICAL ERRORS
Most physicians believe that reducing medical errors should be a national
priority, but are much less likely than the public to believe quality of
care is a problem, according to a new survey. The study, published in the
Archives of Internal Medicine, found that 67.6% of people surveyed in
households believed quality of care is a significant problem while just
29.1% of Colorado physicians and 34.9% of physicians nationwide agreed.
CALIFORNIA REGULATORS FAULT HOSPITAL FOR HEPARIN-RELATED PATIENT DEATH
THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE 12/03/2002
State regulators found a compounding string of problems at Riverside County
Regional Medical Center leading up to the accidental drug overdose that
contributed to a patient's death in June. A state investigation found the
hospital relied on murky guidelines governing the use of the anti-clotting
drug Heparin, failed to make those guidelines readily available to nurses
and failed to supervise the work of pharmacists who might have caught the
The investigation was triggered by the death of Jeffery Owens, a 40-year-old
Moreno Valley man who bled to death after receiving 100 times more Heparin
than he was supposed to get. Owens, a stabbing victim, arrived at the
hospital bleeding from his chest wounds, and his blood pressure continued to
fall. Dr. David Bolivar, a surgical resident, decided to use Owens' blood
for transfusion later during surgery. The nurse asked Bolivar how much
Heparin to use in the blood collection device to prevent clotting until
surgery. According to the coroner's report, Bolivar was unable to tell her
the correct dose. The nurse asked a blood bank worker and a hospital
pharmacist for guidance, but neither could provide an answer.
The nurse told the coroner's investigator she couldn't find the correct dose
in a procedures manual, and that instructions to the collection device were
on the floor, soaked in blood and unreadable. The nurse said she thought she
was giving Owens 1,000 units of Heparin. Instead, she administered five
ampules, each containing 20,000 units, the coroner's report stated.
In the wake of Owens' death, the hospital has eliminated the use of Heparin
with transfusion systems that use the patient's own blood. Physician must
provide written orders specifying how much anti-coagulant to use if it is
needed. Emergency department nurses will review auto-transfusion procedures
and all other low-volume, high-risk procedures at least every six months,
according to the state's report. The hospital also has placed care
guidelines at nursing stations, along with laminated reference cards for all
low-volume, high-risk procedures.
CHECKING UP ON MEDICAL MISTAKES
Washington Post Thursday, December 12, 2002; Page A06
About 7% of physicians and 10% of the general public say that someone in
their family has died as the result of preventable errors in their medical
care, according to a new survey. A higher fraction of each group -- 12% of
doctors and 17% of the public -- reported that they or a relative had
suffered a medical error serious enough to cause them to lose time from
school or work.
In all, 35% of physicians and 42% of the public said they had experienced a
medical error themselves, or had one affect a family member. Eighteen
percent of physicians and 24% of the public said the errors had serious
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is the first
effort to quantify the public's experience with medical mistakes as well as
its opinions about how to prevent them. It was conducted by researchers at
the Harvard School of Public Health and the Henry J. Kaiser Family
NO END TO ERRORS
excerpts from washingtonpost.com, Tuesday, December 3, 2002; Page HE01
The Washington Post featured a December article asserting that much lip
service has been paid to reducing medical error but little has been done to
deliver on the national goals set forth by the Institutes of Medicine in
The Post reported "...experts contend, it's doubtful that patients checking
into most of America's 5,200 hospitals today are any less likely to be
killed or injured than they were on November 29, 1999, when the report was
issued. With the conspicuous exception of the Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA) medical system, whose hospitals have embraced the ethic and many of the
methods that have made aviation and other industries safer, most hospitals
have taken few new steps to protect patients from errors."
The article examined five areas: medication errors, wrong site surgery,
hospital acquired infections, fatigue & Supervision and the nursing shortage
to see what's happened in the three years since the IOM issued its report.
GRANTS & FUNDING
IT PROJECTS FUNDED UNDER $3M AHRQ GRANTS
October 18, 2002
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released more than $3 million
in grants as part of its ongoing Primary Care Practice-Based Research
Networks project. "Many" of the grants will go to information technology
development projects, with disease management and disease surveillance
projects also winning awards, AHRQ announced.
Among the winners for IT projects, Baylor College of Medicine, Cincinnati
Children's Hospital and the American Academy of Pediatrics won grants. AHRQ
estimates that a total of $6 million will be dispersed across the project's
$1.5 MILLION GRANT GOES TO VALLEY HOSPITAL EFFORT TO REDUCE ERRORS
The Record, Bergen County, NJ, Friday, November 1, 2002
Outgoing Rep. Marge S. Roukema secured $1.5 million in funding for her
hometown hospital, The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, in November when
President Bush signed a national defense appropriations bill. Hidden within
the spending measure's fine print was funding for a demonstration project at
Valley about reducing medical errors through the use of supermarket-style
barcodes and hand-held computers. The money is included in funds for "Army
Advanced Medical Development."
The funding enables the pilot project to expand from a few medical-surgical
units at Valley to the entire hospital, "allowing all of the hospital's
patients and staff to benefit from these new technologies," Roukema said in
a press release.
RWJF PROGRAM TO FUND HEALTH CARE IT RESEARCH
IHealthBeat, November 19, 2002
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced that it would provide $7.25
million in funding to evaluate health care information technology
applications through its Health e-Technologies Initiative. Two separate
categories of grants will provide up to $100,000 for research projects
lasting six months to one year or as much as $600,000 for projects lasting
up to three years.
Projects focused on evaluating, comparing or improving health care IT
applications with regard to changed health behavior or chronic disease
management will be eligible for funding. Projects measuring outcomes,
including changes in patient/physician behavior, health status changes and
impact on costs, also will be eligible for funding.
HHS AWARDS $5.9 MILLION CONTRACT TO IMPROVE PATIENT SAFETY DATA COLLECTION
HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announced a two-year, $5.9 million contract to
improve the department's collection and reporting of patient safety data.
HHS said the contract would lead to the development of a new Web-based
system that will integrate existing systems operated by several agencies to
improve reporting and make the systems easier for frontline care providers
to use. The contract was awarded through the Agency for Healthcare Research
and Quality. It will lead to the development of a system that will link
reports and integrate data from the National Healthcare Safety Network with
the adverse events reporting systems for drugs, biologics, vaccines and
HEALTH CARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 2003
January 14-15, 2003, Los Angeles, CA
This year's conference "Enhancing California Health Care Through Technology"
features case studies that highlight the experiences of a diverse group of
California health care organizations, from mid-sized physician groups and
community clinics to commercial health plans and the Veterans
CREATING SAFER HEALTH CARE IN CHICAGO
Friday, February 7, 2003; University of Chicago
This conference is put on by the Chicago Patient Safety Forum, a
community-based network whose purpose is to facilitate innovative system
approaches to understanding and improving patient safety in the Chicago
February 19-21, 2003, Anaheim Convention Center
Since the FDA has postponed its barcode regulation decision until the end of
the year, the first major discussion of its implementation and impact will
likely occur at February's WestPack trade event. The show's technical
conference will feature three major sessions addressing barcode
+ Bar Coding Unit Doses and Patient Strategy
+ Unit Dose Bar Coding: Bar Coding and HUD/OTC In-Line Printing
+ Unit Dose Bar Coding: Coding Standards, Symbologies, Printing Processes,
and Data Capture Technologies
Other sessions will review bar code printing options and various data
capture technologies and detail the process for in-line printing of bar
codes used in health care.
5TH ANNUAL NPSF PATIENT SAFETY CONGRESS
March 12-15, 2003, Renaissance Washington DC Hotel
Bridge Medical is one of several convenors of this year's conference, which
is entitled, "Let's Get Results: Improving the Safety of Patients"
NATIONAL PATIENT SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK -
March 9 -15, 2003
Initially launched in March 2002 by PULSE of New York President Ilene Corina
(and co-chair of the National Patient Safety Foundation's Patient and Family
Advisory Council), Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW) is a national
education and awareness-building campaign for improving patient safety at
the local level. Hospitals and healthcare organizations across the country
are encouraged to plan events to promote patient safety within their own
organizations. Educational activities are centered on educating patients on
how to become involved in their own health care, as well as working with
hospitals to build partnerships with their patient community.
For further information regarding what you can do for Patient Safety
Awareness Week go to: http://www.bridgemedical.com/events_2003_mar9.shtml
THE 2003 MICHIGAN HEALTH & SAFETY COALITION PATIENT SAFETY CONFERENCE
April 30-May 1, 2003 - Dearborn, MI
The conference is designed for the highest levels of health care leadership,
including chief executive, medical, nursing and financial officers and
governing board members. Concurrent sessions showcasing comparative
practices from across the state will demonstrate practical techniques you
can use for improving quality and safety.
+ Lucian Leape, MD, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston
+ Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
+ Gerald Hickson, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville
+ Judith Pelham, President and CEO, Trinity Health, Novi
AMERICAN HEALTHCARE'S FOUNDING FATHER
April 28, 2003, San Francisco, CA
Did you know that Benjamin Franklin was co-founder of the first organized
hospital in the United States? In honor of his contribution, The American
Case Management Association (ACMA) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation
of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) announced The Franklin Award of
Distinction as the first award designed to recognize hospitals that can best
validate its application of collaborative professional practice, effective
service and achieved outcomes which positively affect patient care.
The inaugural winner will be announced at the joint meeting of the 10th
Annual National Institute for Case Management (NICM) Clinical Case
Management Conference and the 4th Annual ACMA Meeting.
JAMIA PATIENT SAFETY SUPPLEMENT NOW AVAILABLE
AHRQ sponsored a Patient Safety Track at last year's annual conference of
the American Medical Informatics Association, and selected articles and
presentations from the track are now available as part of a new patient
safety supplement to the November/December issue of the Journal of the
American Medical Informatics Association. The supplement includes a review
article that discusses AHRQ's patient safety initiatives in 2001 as well as
an article on federal government initiatives in patient safety.
To request a copy of the supplement, please send an e-mail to
AMERISOURCEBERGEN FINALIZES PURCHASE OF BRIDGE MEDICAL, INC
Business Wire, Jan 6, 2003
AmerisourceBergen Corporation, the largest pharmaceutical services company
in the U.S. dedicated solely to the pharmaceutical supply chain, announced
the completion of its purchase of Bridge Medical, Inc., the leading provider
of barcode-enabled point-of-care software designed to reduce medication
errors and decrease costs in healthcare facilities.
"We are extremely excited about Bridge's market-leading, proven patient
safety technology," said R. David Yost, AmerisourceBergen's Chief Executive
Officer. "Hospitals and other medical facilities are already using this
technology to increase medication accuracy and improve operating efficiency.
Our customers and suppliers need unique, tailored solutions for delivering
pharmaceuticals, and this acquisition is one more example of our commitment
to enhance our offerings in the pharmaceutical supply channel."
"Combining Bridge's patient safety technology with AmerisourceBergen's high
service distribution capability, the in-pharmacy barcode application
capability of our recently acquired AutoMed operation, and the packaging
options of our American Health Packaging unit provides the kind of
pharmaceutical management solutions our customers are seeking," said Kurt J.
Hilzinger, AmerisourceBergen's President and Chief Operating Officer. "We
now have the most comprehensive service offering in the industry with which
to address the challenges of staffing shortages, medication errors and
rising costs in today's healthcare environment."
VHA TO MEASURE IMPACT OF BRIDGE BARCODE PATIENT SAFETY SYSTEM
Business Wire, Oct. 22, 2002
VHA Inc., a cooperative of 2,200 health care organizations, has signed an
agreement with Bridge Medical to conduct a research study on Bridge's
barcode-enabled MedPoint software system.
"Under terms of the agreement, VHA will measure the extent of MedPoint's
impact on medication-error reduction," explained Don McCall, a group senior
vice president at VHA. "To facilitate participation, incentives will be
offered to a limited number of VHA members that purchase MedPoint software
in time to participate in the study."
"One of VHA's primary missions is helping members improve the quality of
care by increasing access to innovative technologies," noted McCall. "This
agreement enables VHA to evaluate MedPoint and better define its impact on
medication-error reduction. We also want to better understand MedPoint's
compatibility with other IT systems already in use at many hospitals.
Knowledge gained from this effort will help VHA members, and ultimately the
entire industry, make intelligent, effective choices when selecting and
deploying patient safety systems."
The study will begin immediately with completion expected in 2003.
SSM HEALTH CARE FIRST TO WIN THE MALCOLM BALDRIDGE QUALITY AWARD
SSM Health Care is the first health care system in the nation to receive the
Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. One SSM hospital, St. Marys
Hospital Medical Center (Madison, WI), a Bridge MedPoint customer, played an
important and laborious role in earning this award by hosting Baldridge
reviewers. St. Mary's referenced their implementation of the MedPoint BPOC
system in the Baldridge application and provided the reviewers with a live
demonstration of the system.
"This organization has demonstrated the ability to meet market challenges
while improving the quality of compassionate health care," said President
Bush. HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson cited SSM's work with patient feedback
and physician communications as "an outstanding example of what can be done
when fresh thinking and modern science are brought to the delivery of health
care in America."
VENTURE COMPANY OF THE YEAR?
San Diego Venture Group has selected Bridge Medical as one of three
finalists for its Venture Capital Success Story of 2002 program.
"THE IMPACT OF IT ON PATIENT SAFETY" NAMED HIMSS BOOK OF THE YEAR!
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has named
"The Impact of Information Technology on Patient Safety" HIMSS Book of the
Year. Bridge Medical COO and VP of Operations, Rusty Lewis served as editor
for the publication. With chapters authored by a veritable 'who's who' of
patient safety experts, the book is designed to keep healthcare information
technology professionals abreast of important patient safety issues.
The Impact of Information Technology on Patient Safety is available for $50
for HIMSS members ($60 regular price). To purchase a copy, call 312/664-4467
or log on to www.himss.org