The daily activities of the modern hospital are increasingly automated and computer-controlled. While the benefits in terms of preventing medication errors are attractive, an unwanted side effect is the proliferation of competing, often incompatible systems. When you have several systems and databases in each hospital (medical records, order entry, medication list, medication orders, medication administration records, etc.), each of which are proprietary and don’t communicate with each other, the technology becomes cumbersome and leads to decreased efficiency and increased staff frustration.
CareFusion, maker of the ubiquitous Pyxis medication dispensing system, is trying to address this problem with the Pyxis ES platform. One of the key features of this new system is that it seeks to integrate many hospital systems, touting increased integration with pharmacy information systems and allowing access at the web-browser level for ease of support. Other upgrades include a new user interface that provides more information about the patient at the point of care, and safety features such as highlighting patients with the same name to avoid giving that medication to the wrong John Smith.
“The Pyxis MedStation ES allows our pharmacists and technicians to manage the system from clinical areas or wherever their work takes them,” said Bill Arrington, director of pharmacy at Stillwater Medical Center in Stillwater, Okla., which is the first limited release site for the Pyxis MedStation ES. “That now enables our staff to spend more time helping clinicians deliver the best and safest care to our patients.”