Cerner has announced an integration agreement with Hospira, Inc., a provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies to enhance interoperability between Hospira’s smart intravenous (I.V.) infusion devices and Cerner’sCareAware solutions to meet the evolving needs of healthcare organizations. The new expanded agreement focuses on broadening interoperability among Hospira’s portfolio of smart infusion pumps with Hospira MedNet™ safety software and Cerner’sMillennium™ healthcare information technology (IT) platform.
Under terms of the integration, Hospira will connect its infusion pumps to the Cerner’s EMR at the point of care and add functionality for devices connecting to CareAware. Among other capabilities, I.V.-EMR interoperability enables electronic association of patient, device and medication. Cerner CareAware iBus technology permits infusion pumps to be automatically programmed with pharmacy validated medication orders from the EMR, and infusion therapy data from the pump to be automatically documented in the EMR.
“Hospira is proud to extend our relationship with Cerner to deliver the enhanced interoperability between smart I.V. pumps and EMRs that our customers seek,” saidCynthia Ansari, vice president, U.S. Marketing and Software, Medical Devices, Hospira. “Together, we will innovate to enable our products to integrate in new and even more effective ways. This relationship builds on a longstanding foundation of collaboration between our companies with a shared goal of supporting healthcare organizations and caregivers in delivering the best possible care.”
Hospira and Cerner first collaborated in 2003 to develop infusion pump and EMR integration technology, also known as I.V.-EMR interoperability. Hospira has since deployed I.V.-EMR interoperability at more hospitals than any other smart pump vendor.