CareFusion aims for robust growth with Dubai office

At Arab Health 2012, the largest healthcare exhibition in the Middle East, Ian Milburn, regional director for CareFusion, talked with an Alrroya.com reporter about how CareFusion technologies can help lower the cost and improve the safety of healthcare, as well as our plans fo growth in the Middle East.

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Pyxis Anesthesia System from CareFusion
Pharmacy Purchasing and Products Magazine
Clare Taft, CPhT; Shannon John Johnson, PharmD
December 2011

pyxis anesthesia systemThe operating room (OR) environment is inherently stressful and issues related to proper medicationmanagement in this setting—particularly involving anesthesia—often vex pharmacy practitioners. In order to make medications readily available for surgical procedures in the past, our OR technicians simply stockpiled drugs throughout the OR. Despite the proliferation of medications, the lack of an automated inventory management system led to frequent trips between the OR suites and the central pharmacy to procure medications not accounted for. Many of the medications used in the OR are controlled substances, so we also wanted to gain a more significant level of control over these products to ensure patient safety and discourage diversion. Likewise, improved charge capture and better inventory utilization were additional drivers for change.

System Selection and Integration
Sharp Memorial Hospital is San Diego’s largest emergency trauma center with 330 licensed acute care beds, 28 OR suites—12 of which are located in our outpatient surgery center—and several surgical specialties including cardiac and multi-organ transplantation. In order to enable effective access to medications, manage inventory, account for waste, and increase efficiency, our facility now employs 78 Pyxis automated dispensing cabinets, 19 of which are Pyxis Anesthesia System stations. Of those 19, two are located in the outpatient pain treatment rooms and the remaining are in the OR surgical suites.

We chose the Pyxis Anesthesia System in part because we were already using Pyxis MedStations, and implementing another vendor’s product would have required extensive retooling of our information system. In addition, the array standardization, control, and reporting mechanisms appeared to fit our needs. Once in place, this system effectively replaced the use of manual medication carts in the OR to store and retrieve medications.

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Automated prescription system reduces errors
November 21, 2011
Gulf Times

The automated prescription system, which was implemented in Hamad Hospital’s out-patient department in May, is helping to prevent mistakes in medical prescriptions and increasing order completion to an average of 200 prescriptions per day, a senior official has said. The new system has also reduced the waiting period to 10-15 minutes, according to a study conducted by the hospital administration in June.

“The Heart Hospital pharmacy is the first to implement the automated prescription dispensing system at HMC to prevent errors and increase the efficiency in order completion. In collaboration with the hospital’s health information system centre (HISC), the pharmacists developed a computerised physician order entry (CPOE) system to improve the quality of care and benefit all medical staff by enabling them to view patients’ medical records through the intranet,” Heart Hospital and Al Amal Hospital manager Dr Manal Zaidan said.

He said the system would enable the healthcare team to view, record and update patient data, including allergies to medications, diagnosis, medical procedures and vital signs.According to the manager, in addition to the automated prescription system, the hospital has also introduced four different unprecedented techniques to dispense medications to in-patients, namely automated medication dispensing system, sterile intravenous solution compounding unit, automated unit dose packaging system and smart IV pumps.

“This is the first time that the Pyxis system, a leading automated medication dispensing system in hospitals, is being implemented in Qatar. This system was successfully put into operation in its entirety, leading to an increase in medication management efficiency and accuracy,” Dr Zaidan said.

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Where IT Meets IV
Integrating Intravenous Infusion Devices With Hospital Information Systems
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation – Horizons Magazine, Fall 2011
Dan C. Pettus and Tim Vanderveen
October 2011

Posted with permission from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, www.aami.org. Any other distribution of AAMI-copyrighted material requires written permission from AAMI.

Since 2001, “smart” intravenous (IV) infusion pumps with dose-error-reduction software (DERS) have provided hospitals with critical safeguards against potentially fatal pump rogramming errors and a treasure trove of previously unavailable information on patient safety, IV practices, and quality of care. Nevertheless, IV infusion errors that result in harmful and even fatal adverse drug events (ADEs) are a continuing concern.

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Data Mining Helps Prevent HAIs—and Saves Hospital $2 Million
Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
Jim Maher and David Stricklin
September 2011

After implementing an automated surveillance system, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton reduced its healthcare-associated infection marker rate by more than 20 percent and achieved a 3.90 ROI.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (RWJ Hamilton)—a 284-bed acute care hospital in Hamilton, N.J.—treats more than 200,000 patients annually. It is among a small number of U.S. hospitals to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

In 2006, the hospital’s CFO—along with clinical and administrative leadership teams—recognized that reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), or nosocomial infections, was an important clinical—and financial—opportunity for the hospital. The financial cost associated with HAIs (i.e., in additional hospital days, tests, and interventions) is astonishing: from $9,969 for a case of ventilator-associated pneumonia to as high as $36,441 for a bloodstream infection.a

In addition to being costly, HAI rates are now tied to payment rates. Beginning in FY13, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services enacts a new Value-Based Purchasing program, Medicare payments to acute care hospitals could be reduced—or increased—based on their performance or improvement on certain quality measures, including HAIs.b In addition, many commercial payers are beginning to link HAI rates to payments via pay-for-performance and other value-based purchasing approaches.

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CareFusion ReVel Palm Top Ventilator for Emergency Transport
Gene Ostrovsky
September 2011

revel featureCareFusion has released the tiny ReVel ventilator that’s designed for transport applications where size, weight, and reliability are all key. The device weighs 9 1/2 pounds (4.3 Kg) and will support intubated pediatric (at least 5 Kg) and adult patients for up to four hours on a single charge.

Hot swappable batteries allow breathing support to be provided indefinitely from the pickup site of the patient all the way to the ER.

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The ReVel ventilator also provides monitoring and clinical tools to assist clinicians in best managing and caring for patients in hospital or alternate care facilities. Its Spontaneous Breathing Trial (SBT) technology provides data to help clinicians decide when to safely wean patients from ventilation. The device also features an integrated pulse oximeter to monitor a patient’s pulse rate and oxygen saturation level during transport situations in lieu of costly additional equipment.

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CareFusion's Chairman and CEO, Kieran Gallahue, appeared on Jim Cramer's Mad Money show on August 15

kgallahue_madmoneyCareFusion’s Chairman and CEO, Kieran Gallahue, appeared on Jim Cramer’s Mad Money show on August 15. Kieran discussed how CareFusion provides products that hospitals fundamentally need to deliver care, with a focus on improving costs and patient safety.

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CareFusionbuying robotic pharmacy system maker
San Diego Union-Tribune
By Keith Darcé

In a move to boost its presence in Europe, San Diego medical equipment maker CareFusion said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire German robotic medication storage and retrieval company Rowa for $150 million.

Rowa’s devices, which have been sold to retail pharmacies and hospitals in more than 30 countries, will be marketed alongside CareFusion’s automated Pyxis systems, which dispense and track drugs from hospital nursing stations to patient beds. Shares of CareFusion rose 9 cents Tuesday to $27.76.

“Combined, we see opportunity to provide customers outside the United States with a complete medication management offering and accelerate our global growth in the retail and hospital pharmacy automation segments,” said CareFusion Chairman and Chief Executive Kieran Gallahue.

The deal, which is expected to be completed in early 2012, is part of a broader strategy by the company to focus on its core medication management, respiratory device and infusion pump businesses.

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Deal for Pharmacy Inventory System
Published in The New York Times
July 5, 2011

The CareFusion Corporation, a medical technology company, said on Tuesday it had agreed to buy a German company, Rowa, which makes robotic drug storage and retrieval systems, for about $150 million.

Rowa makes high-speed, automated medicine management systems that store and retrieve prepackaged pharmaceutical inventories for retail and hospital pharmacies, CareFusion said on Tuesday. The systems are intended to reduce costs and improve work flow.

CareFusion said the acquisition of Rowa, with more than 3,500 systems installed in 30 countries, would complement its Pyxis portfolio of products.

The deal is expected to be neutral to adjusted earnings in the first year and accretive thereafter, CareFusion said.

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Medical staff gets 'mobile' patient safety training
Jacqueline Leeker
Belvoir Eagle

CareFusion Mobile Experience made a pit stop at DeWitt Army Community Hospital June21.

The tractor-trailer, fitted with flat screen monitors, medical equipment and mock patient room, provides medical staff with interactive scenarios that focus on improving patient care and safety.

By participating in the hands-on, guided tour of the patient-care process, hospital employees witnessed how technology can create safer outcomes at every point, from admission to recovery.

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Seven Honored for Contributions to Medical Technology
June 2011

About 30 years ago, Timothy Vanderveen, PharmD, redirected his career when he left hospital work to go into industry, determined to make an impact on infusion pump safety.

“The opportunity to play a role in developing safer intravenous (IV) infusion systems was one that I could not pass up,” says Vanderveen. “More than 60% of the most serious and life-threatening potential adverse medication events occur with powerful, high-risk IV medications.”

For his accomplishments in leading innovations in IV infusion pump safety, Vanderveen has been awarded the 2011 AAMI Laufman-Greatbatch Prize.

In 1983, Vanderveen left MUSC and joined the IMED Corp., which eventually became part of CareFusion, a global corporation serving the healthcare industry. He now serves as vice president of the San Diego, CA-based Center for Safety and Clinical Excellence, which was started by CareFusion to foster collaboration between industry and clinicians in identifying and promoting best practices in medical care and patient safety.

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CareFusion's MedMined scored highest in overall performance for infection control vendors ranked in a KLAS report

According to the firm, the report examines vendors that provide the most effective infection control and surveillance systems currently available, as well as 10 vendors that are entering the market.

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CareFusion Takes the Public Stage With a Wealth of Experience
By Tom York, San Diego Business Journal

"It's something old, but something new." That's a good way of describing public company CareFusion Corp., a provider of equipment used to reduce infections, manage medications in hospitals while preventing medication errors.

The company has a history, but not on Wall Street. It is not only one of the largest companies by market cap, but one of the newest San Diego-based companies trading on Wall Street.

"We're a global medical technology company, and the products that we make are very important to hospitals worldwide," said Jim Mazzola, senior vice president for corporate marketing and communications. "We make products designed to help improve the safety of patients at lower cost, which are two really important things in health care right now. Hospitals are under increasing pressure to improve the outcomes while reducing the costs. And the products we make are designed to do just that."

WLSA Summit: Making mHealth a Reality
By Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week

Mike Martino, senior vice president of innovation and strategy at CareFusion, and a member of the Wireless Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA), discusses that new wireless healthcare solutions must be effective for both patients and providers.

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Video: CareFusion Q3 Beat the Street
CNBC Squawk on the Street

Kieran Gallahue, CareFusion’s chairman and CEO, recently spoke about the company’s third-quarter earnings and four areas of focus – medication management, infection prevention, OR/procedural areas and respiratory care – on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street.

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CareFusion Quarterly Profit Beats Street
By Deena Beasley, Reuters

Medical device maker CareFusion Corp (CFN) posted better-than-expected third-quarter earnings, citing expanding profit margins, and reaffirmed its revenue forecast for fiscal 2011.

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Going From Blue to Green
Published in Surgical Products Magazine

By converting blue wrap to sterilization containers, how one sterile processing manager achieved cost-savings and green initiatives for her facility.

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Prevention success fueled by determination
by Susan Cantrell, ELS

It’s been said that if you tell someone what they are long enough that eventually the person will begin to believe it and act in kind. That sort of self-fulfilling prophecy is happening in infection prevention.

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Going Green: Helping Hospitals be Friendlier to the Environment

Recent Earth Day celebrations offer a terrific opportunity to see what pharmacists can do to improve the water we all drink.

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CareFusion acquires technology for automatic pharma waste sorting
by Olga Deshchenko, DOTmed News Reporter

Medical technology giant CareFusion said Wednesday it completed the acquisition of Vestara, a developer of pharmaceutical waste management solutions...

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Meaningful use is a noun, not a verb

The meaning behind meaningful use is achieving sustainable improvements in healthcare quality to help deliver the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) vision of better patient care at a lower cost.

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Interoperability and Actionable Intelligence: Future Requirements, Current Possibilities
by Kevin Ketzel and David Swenson, RPh of CareFusion

Government requirements for “meaningful use”of electronic health records (EHRs) have focused national attention on the need to integrate and computerize a patient’s medical records to improve performance and support patient care processes.

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Pyxis® Advisor from CareFusion
by Carol Donaldson, RN, nursing systems coordinator at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama is a 499-bed facility dedicated to persistent patient safety initiatives and eager to develop innovative programs that improve patient care.

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