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

de: 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 ho
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