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Hiawatha Community Hospital Brings Medication Safety to the Bedside With IntelliDOT Barcode Point-of-Care System
Date:2/4/2009

-IntelliDOT Selected as Effective, Affordable Solution for Critical Access-

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- IntelliDOT Corporation, a leading provider of handheld, barcode point-of-care (BPOC) solutions to hospitals, today announced that Hiawatha Community Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Hiawatha, Kansas, has implemented IntelliDOT Bedside Medication Administration(TM) to improve patient safety at the bedside.

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The IntelliDOT System is a wireless, handheld BPOC solution for bedside medication administration, ensuring and documenting the five rights of medication management: right medication, right dose, right route, right patient and right time.

"We wanted to be sure that we were doing everything we can do technically to make this a safe hospital," said John Moore, CEO of Hiawatha Community Hospital. "In addition to five rights patient safety checks, a key benefit of the IntelliDOT System was its ability to provide drug interaction checking, even when the pharmacist is off-duty."

Lisa Thompson, Director of Nursing at Hiawatha Community Hospital, added, "Everyone is at risk for a sentinel event. We all have potential for error. With the IntelliDOT System, we've reduced that."

The IntelliDOT System integrates with Hiawatha's Hann's On Ascend Pharmacy System. Orders from the pharmacy system are sent via HL7 and appear on the nurse's IntelliDOT wireless handheld device. Data elements include: patient demographic and identification information, patient allergy information, order number, ordered medications, dose amounts, dose units, SIG codes, custom dose times, route, order start/stop times and order status. The IntelliDOT handheld provides individual reminders for medications due, late medications and even follow-up pain scale collection reminders. When the nurse responds to the IntelliDOT System's prompts at bedside, and enters medication administration and follow-up documentation, the data is sent to the IntelliDOT eMAR, which Hiawatha is using as the legal patient medication administration record.

Hiawatha selected the IntelliDOT System because it was an effective and affordable handheld solution.

"One of the hardest things for us was to find a barcoding system that was feasible financially for our sized facility," said Jean Abeita, Director of Pharmacy at Hiawatha Community Hospital. "Computers on wheels wouldn't work for us and tablets don't work very well from an infection-control standpoint. We needed something very portable, very infection-control friendly; something that would meet our budget and the physical constraints of an old building."

"This is a product that will work for our hospital," Thompson added. "It fits right in with what we do now. Instead of carrying a pen, we will be carrying scanners."

The IntelliDOT System's intuitive workflow works with nurses instead of against them. The system is designed to inhibit workarounds, helping clients achieve 95 percent or higher user compliance rates, based on actual usage data.

"Critical access hospitals may operate on a smaller scale but they face the same challenges and requirements as larger hospitals," said Thomas G. Klopack, president and CEO of IntelliDOT. "We are committed to ensuring that cost is not a barrier to bedside patient safety at these hospitals. We provide the same electronic safety system and the same expert implementation and quality service to all of our clients, whether they have 10,000 beds or just 25."

The IntelliDOT System is a best-of-breed wireless, workflow manager that connects caregivers with the information systems they need at the point-of-care. Designed by nurses for nurses, the IntelliDOT System enables clinicians to perform safety checks and safely administer and document medications at the bedside using a lightweight, handheld device. The IntelliDOT System satisfies Joint Commission standards for patient identification and assures accuracy by verifying the five rights of medication administration: right medication, right dose, right route, right patient, right time; as well as ensuring required follow-up documentation, such as pain scale, is performed in a timely manner and accurately recorded.

About IntelliDOT(R) Corporation

IntelliDOT is a leading provider of wireless, handheld, barcode point-of-care (BPOC) solutions that connect to any healthcare information system to improve patient safety and nurse workflow. When using the IntelliDOT System, nurses can easily manage all tasks associated with five rights medication administration safety checks and related documentation. Additional modules that run on the same handheld device include: IntelliDOT Phlebotomy Specimen Collection(TM), IntelliDOT Blood Product Administration(TM), IntelliDOT Mother-Baby Breast Milk Matching(TM), and IntelliDOT Vital Signs Collection(TM). More information can be found at www.intellidotcorp.com.

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties associated with market acceptance of the CAREt System, whether the company will be successful in raising additional funds, the risk that sales of the CAREt System will not increase to target levels, and the effectiveness and marketability of healthcare information technologies, as well as other risks.

IntelliDOT and CAREt are registered trademarks of IntelliDOT Corporation. Other product and company names in this news release are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.


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