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St. Vincent Healthcare

The safer, smarter path with infusion device interoperability

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Overview

St. Vincent Healthcare, located in Billings, MT, embarked on a safety journey in May 2014 by successfully implementing BD Alaris™ EMR


Interoperability throughout their facility. With this solution, they hoped to systematically improve outcomes by realizing the following goals: reduce medication errors, alerts and revenue loss, and improve clinical documentation. In just a few months, they saw astounding results.

Summary

St. Vincent Healthcare, located in Billings, MT, embarked on a safety journey in May 2014 by successfully implementing BD Alaris™ EMR Interoperability throughout their facility. With this solution, they hoped to systematically improve outcomes by realizing the following goals: reduce medication errors, alerts and revenue loss, and improve clinical documentation. In just a few months, they saw astounding results.

Key Benefits

  • Reduced manual keystrokes on the pump by 86%.1

    Prepopulation of infusion parameters to the BD Alaris™ Pump Module and Alaris™ Syringe Module reduced manual keystrokes on the pump by 86%.1

  • Total monthly pump alerts decreased

    Total monthly pump alerts decreased on average, by 22%.1

  • Infusions requiring reprogramming in the pump decreased

    The number of infusions requiring reprogramming in the pump decreased 19% from an average monthly number of 119 to 96.1

     

  • Patient identification usage on the pump increased

    Patient identification usage on the pump increased significantly from 36% to 81%.1

  • Lost charges for outpatient IV infusion claims decreased

    Lost charges for outpatient IV infusion claims, due to missing start and stop time documentation, decreased by 40%.1

  • Reduction in lost charges

    Reduction in lost charges represented $370,000 in incremental revenue for the organization (hospital administration calculation); achieving similar results across the 8-hospital system would equate to $1.78M in additional revenue.2

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References

  1. Biltoft J, Finneman L. Clinical and financial effects of smart pump-electronic medical record interoperability at a hospital in a regional health system. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2018;75(14):1064-1068. 
  2. ASHP Best Practice Award Nomination in Health-System Pharmacy. Clinical and Financial Benefits of Smart Pump-Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Interoperability at a Regional Health-System Hospital. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Bethesda, MD. 2015.
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