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CareFusion, Cerner Integrate Technologies For Hospital Safety, Efficiency

CareFusion, a medical device company and Cerner Corp, a provider of health care solutions and services, have signed an agreement to closely integrate their technologies in a solution to help hospitals and health care providers deliver better patient care through system interoperability.

The agreement allows for improved data communication between CareFusion Pyxis medication dispensing, supply and anesthesiology systems, and CareAware, Cerner’s integrated device connectivity architecture. The enhanced integration is expected to help reduce medication errors, improve clinician workflow and increase patient safety.

Through the agreement, Cerner and CareFusion said that they are extending their interoperability expertise and experience by offering enhanced medication and supply management capabilities to existing and new Cerner and Pyxis clients. As an extension of Cerner’s closed loop medication management strategy, Cerner will serve as a value added reseller of CareFusion Pyxis dispensing technologies in select accounts within Cerner’s core electronic health record (EHR) installed base.

Together, the two companies are expected to develop a Pyxis health IT adaptor, which is expected to support the integration of EHR systems and clinical information in the medication management, pharmacy and perioperative processes. The agreement is the first step in a broader intent to integrate CareFusion devices with Cerner systems.

Neal Patterson, chairman, CEO and co-founder of Cerner, said: “As the automation in health care expands at a rapid pace, it is imperative that we achieve a deeper level of interoperability across all providers. Cerner believes that connecting dispensing systems to the EHR is critical to patient safety, and we are excited to be able to offer this connectivity to our clients across a broader range of devices. CareFusion is the clear leader in this market, and being able to offer their technology enhances the options available from Cerner for our clients.”

David Schlotterbeck, chairman and chief executive officer of CareFusion, said: “This strategic agreement combines both companies’ core competencies and directly aligns with our strategy to improve safety and the quality of care delivered to patients. It’s a decision that makes perfect business sense and will enable hospitals to close the loop between the clinical and logistical medication and supply management processes through the convergence of medical devices and health care information technology.”

William Spooner, chief information officer at Sharp Health Care, said: “This new relationship between Cerner and CareFusion is a significant step towards closing the current communication gap between healthcare devices and information technology that exists currently. The health care environment is crowded with disparate devices and technologies that don’t talk to each other and require manual steps by clinicians, which leads to duplication in workflow, a higher risk of medical errors and noncompliance with regulatory guidelines.”