NEW ORLEANS, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ochsner Health System today announced the contract signing for new technologies that will help improve medication safety by simplifying and standardizing the medication management process across its health system.
The CareFusion Pyxis® ES platform is a combination of hardware and software that helps hospitals significantly reduce time for nursing and pharmacy to dispense and administer medications because of simpler, more efficient workflows. The system also eliminates the need for redundant documentation through direct synchronization with pharmacy, hospital and patient identity management systems. The system enables Ochsner Health System to have consistent medication management practices and policies across its multiple hospitals and clinics, which can help improve medication safety.
"For the information technology department, the Pyxis ES platform is a much more sophisticated solution," said Chris Belmont, chief information officer of Ochsner Health System. "The standardized platform uses one database, one interface and active directory connectivity that simplifies the IT implementation, maintenance and reporting for each dispensing cabinet and the system as a whole."
Deborah Simonson, assistant vice president of Pharmacy Services for Ochsner Health System said, "The Pyxis ES platform allows our pharmacists and technicians to improve medication safety through increased standardization from nursing floors to operating rooms and across our sites in a highly efficient manner."
Dawn Pevey Mauk, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer of Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge and Ochsner Health System Nurse Executive Committee Chairperson added, "This new technology is a win for our patients and staff. The new features included will allow for more efficient medication management, allowing us to focus on what we do best – providing our patients with the quality care they deserve."
Ochsner Health System will implement the following new technologies across seven hospitals and three health centers:
"For more than 20 years, Pyxis technologies have set the standard in automated dispensing to help clinicians deliver medication to patients efficiently and safely," said Rusty Frantz, senior vice president and general manager of Dispensing Technologies at CareFusion. "The Pyxis ES platform makes it even easier for Ochsner Health System to manage medications based on its unique size, scope, capacity and clinical workflows, giving them more time to focus on patient care."
About Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana's largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system with eight hospitals and 38 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 17 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a "Best Hospital" across 11 specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 13,000 employees, over 850 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
About CareFusion Corporation
CareFusion (NYSE: CFN) is a global corporation serving the health care industry with products and services that help hospitals measurably improve the safety and quality of care. The company develops industry-leading technologies including Alaris® infusion pumps, Pyxis® automated dispensing and patient identification systems, AVEA®, AirLife® and LTV® series ventilation and respiratory products, ChloraPrep® products, MedMined® services for data mining surveillance, V. Mueller® surgical instruments, and an extensive line of products that support interventional medicine. CareFusion employs more than 15,000 people across its global operations. More information may be found at www.carefusion.com.
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