SAN DIEGO, Feb. 13, 2006 – Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH), the leading provider of products and services supporting the healthcare industry, today announced the Cardinal Health Connectivity Partner Program. The goal of this program is to enable hospitals to improve the flow of data by interfacing Cardinal Health solutions with third party technologies.
Cardinal Health has reached agreements with several companies including, CardioPulmonary, CliniComp, Emergin, Misys Healthcare Systems and Philips Medical Systems, for the Alaris® Gateway Partner Certification Program. This is the first certification available under the Cardinal Health Connectivity Partner Program. The company is actively seeking additional partnerships to leverage the capabilities of the Alaris® Gateway.
The Alaris® Gateway provides interface capabilities to hospital information systems, helping to improve medication safety by facilitating the timely exchange of IV medication infusion and patient monitoring data. The Alaris® System* connects wirelessly with a central Alaris® Server, which then transmits the infusion data through the Alaris® Gateway to the hospital information system, creating the first true IT-centric infusion information system.
This infusion information system leverages the unique capabilities of the Alaris® System, the first and only system to offer an integrated modular platform that includes infusion therapy and patient monitoring. The Alaris® System captures a wealth of IV infusion and patient monitoring data that can help hospitals reduce harm caused by adverse drug events (ADEs). Sixty-one percent of the most serious and life-threatening ADEs are IV drug related.1
Leading hospitals have also been very responsive to the workflow benefits the Alaris® Gateway can offer. Cox Health Systems, a 1033-bed healthcare system located in Springfield, Mo. selected the Alaris® Gateway because it saw the value of Alaris® System data interfacing with its Emergin and Cerner systems.
“The Alaris® Gateway extends the utility of the Alaris® System by routing alerts to pocket paging and wireless telephone systems, allowing clinicians to better meet patient demands and significantly improve patient response times,” said Jack Cole, information technical director, Cox Health Systems.“We will also have the ability to automate the entry of medication administration records into our enterprise HIS system, which will help us enhance clinician efficiencies and focus on patient care.“
“This opens the way to any number of safety and workflow improvements,” said Jake St. Philip, president of the Alaris® Products business of Cardinal Health. “A hospital could, for example, relay infusion-related alerts from the point of care to people anywhere in the hospital, ensuring the appropriate personnel are notified immediately. Medication dose parameters can be uploaded to pharmacy and medical record systems automatically, eliminating inefficient and error-prone manual entries.”
*Alaris® System formerly known as the Medley® System.
About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $75 billion, global company serving the healthcare industry with a broad portfolio of products and services. It manufactures and distributes pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, offers a range of clinical services and develops automation products that improve the management and delivery of supplies and medication for hospitals, physician offices and pharmacies. Through this diverse offering, Cardinal Health delivers integrated healthcare solutions that help customers reduce their costs, improve efficiency and deliver better care to patients. Ranked No. 16 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 55,000 people on six continents. More information about the company may be found at www.cardinalhealth.com.
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