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Hospital's Changeover of Bed-Med Record System a Hassle to Implement but a Resounding Success

Magazine article Drug Topics

Hospital's Changeover of Bed-Med Record System a Hassle to Implement but a Resounding Success

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TECHNOLOGY

A bedside medication verification (BMV) system at Cook Children's Medical Center (CCMC) in Fort Worth, Texas, has resulted in a 97% rate of compliance with electronic scanning of medications and patients. The rate soars above comparable rates of other hospitals with BMVs, which are typically 70% or lower, according to Theresa Meadows, senior vice president of information services and CIO for CCMC.

The technological success at the 482-bed hospital resulted from a cooperative project involving the hospital's patient safety officer, director of information technology (TT), pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. The project was recently documented in a case study published by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

In late 2010, CCMC implemented the $2 million Meditech eMAR, which provides an electronic record of medications administered to patients. The hospital's pharmacy department underwent substantial redesign because of new requirements connected with the BMV: approximately 85% of drugs received from manufactures needed to be repackaged in a standardized way to meet the needs of neonatal and pediatric patients. …

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