Cerner Showcases its Connected Devices at Healthcare Computing 2007
March 19, 2007
HARROGATE, UK — 19 March 2007 — Advancing its commitment to patient safety, Cerner Limited is demonstrating its CareAware RxStationTM technology at the Healthcare Computing tradeshow. The automated medication dispensing machine is the first in Cerner’s line of CareAwareTM connected devices.
“The CareAware RxStation demonstrates innovation in the medication process,” said David Sides, Cerner UK managing director. “RxStation allows for complete integration of the medication process, enabling healthcare organisations to provide a safer, quicker and more efficient patient experience.”
Recent reports about medication errors in the UK highlight the need for closed-loop medication systems. According to a 2000 study from the Department of Health (DoH), nearly 10,000 people every year are reported to have serious adverse reactions to drugs. A 2004 DoH report found that the direct cost to the NHS of medication errors in its hospitals could be as high as £200-400 million a year.
By automating medication ordering, verification, dispensing and administration, the CareAware RxStation device creates a closed-loop system that ultimately contributes to safer and more efficient treatment. The RxStation utilizes Cerner’s CareAware global device architecture, which directly connects medical devices to the electronic patient record, allowing the device to receive the same medication information as clinicians and infusing the device with appropriate knowledge of the care process.
Cerner will be demonstrating two of the RxStation offerings at the Healthcare Computing tradeshow: the RxStation 420 and the RxStation 430 . Benefits of the devices include:
- Decreased chances of medication loading errors and incorrect medication selection through the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology
- Improved efficiency by utilising clinician-centric workflow that allows clinicians to cut redundant and time-consuming tasks out of the medication process
- Elimination of manual reconciliation of medications ordered, dispensed and administered
- Dispensing of temperature-sensitive medications through the 430 device’s optional built-in refrigeration module
In 2006, Cerner first introduced its CareAware global device architecture in the United States. In addition to RxStation, the CareAware family also includes the MDBusTM , the Universal Serial Bus (USB) for connecting healthcare devices.
Cerner Corp. is taking the paper record out of healthcare, eliminating error, variance and waste in the care process. With more than 6,000 clients worldwide, Cerner is the leading supplier of healthcare information technology. The following are trademarks of Cerner: Cerner, CareAware RxStation, Cerner Millennium, MDBus , Cerner’s logo. NASDAQ: CERN. www.cerner.com.
Cerner Limited has been operating in the United Kingdom for more than 20 years and has dedicated service, sales, deployment and development in the country, with more than 600 associates located in the UK. In addition to being selected by Atos Origin as the subcontractor for the Choose and Book project, which was installed in 2004, Cerner was selected in 2005 by prime contractor Fujitsu to replace IDX as the main software supplier for the NHS in the Southern cluster. In November 2006, BT, the prime contractor for London, confirmed that the contract had been signed for Cerner to replace GE (formerly IDX) as the main software supplier for the NHS in the London cluster.