DALLAS -- Hospira, Inc., a leader in the development of medication delivery systems, and Bridge Medical, a patient safety software and services company, and subsidiary of
AmerisourceBergen Corporation, today announced a development agreement to
create a new, wireless point-of-care medication management solution that links
intravenous (IV) devices at the patient bedside with bar-code enabled
medication administration verification systems. The integrated solution will
help improve patient safety, enhance patient care, optimize clinician workflow
and facilitate hospital quality improvement efforts.
The combined offering will integrate Hospira MedNet with the Bridge
MedPoint system. Hospira MedNet is a customizable safety software that
helps hospitals define medication dose limits and track IV drug delivery to
help prevent and manage errors. Bridge MedPoint is the industry's top-ranked
patient safety software that incorporates bar-code scanning, expert clinical
knowledge bases, sophisticated warnings and alerts, wireless networking and
integration capabilities to help caregivers intercept potential clinical
errors at the patient bedside.
"The collaboration between Hospira and Bridge will result in more options
and greater flexibility for the growing number of hospitals investing in bar
code point-of-care technologies," said John Arnott, senior vice president,
global commercial operations, Hospira. "By integrating our infusion therapy
devices with both the MedNet and MedPoint platforms, we can continue to
accelerate the development of technology-driven solutions to help hospitals
manage the delivery of I.V. medications."
Barcode-enabled point-of-care (BPOC) systems are designed to help prevent
errors at the point in the medication administration process where errors most
frequently reach the patient. BPOC systems can help ensure the "five rights"
at the bedside: right drug, right patient, right dose, right time and right
route of administration. The new integrated system will close a critical gap
in safe medication delivery by incorporating five-rights checking into the
infusion device programming process.
"Smart pumps and BPOC systems are two proven and effective technologies
available today for the elimination of preventable medication errors," said
Denean Rivera, president, Bridge Medical. "By integrating our products, Bridge
and Hospira will provide a comprehensive point-of-care medication safety
solution that reaches across all routes of administration and delivers five-
rights safety to all patients. These integrated systems provide hospitals
committed to patient safety with an even smarter infusion administration
With the new solution, wireless communications modules integrated into the
Hospira infusion devices will provide two-way communication with Bridge
MedPoint. This interoperability allows patient order information to be checked
through Hospira MedNet, which determines whether the ordered dose of
medication is within the hospital's best practice guidelines. MedPoint ensures
that there is a match between the medication and dose ordered by the physician
and the correct patient as well as provides safety checks for patient
allergies and high-risk medications. The system confirms the match to the
caregiver at the patient bedside. Because settings based on the physician's
order will now be transmitted electronically from MedPoint to the Hospira
infusion device, caregivers will no longer have to manually enter drug, dose
and infusion rate, eliminating the opportunity for a programming error.
Source: Hospira, Inc.