September 17, 2012
Dennis Quaid opens HIMSS keynote with medication errors reality talk
Actor Dennis Quaid focused on his recent experience with medication errors at HIMSS. Quaid was the featured keynote speaker Sunday,
April 5th. Speaking to a packed ballroom Quaid told his emotional story about medication errors that almost killed his twin babies at Cedars
Sinai Hospital. His story unfolded after his twins were diagnosed with an infection after their birth and their doctor put them in the hospital on
The nurse in charge when changing the IV solution gave the twins 10,000 USP of Heparin instead of 10 USP Hep-Loc. A group of nurses the
following morning made the same error. Quaid blames the manufacturer on not differentiating the bottles and labels which were almost
identical. He also blamed the fact that it got past the pharmacy, and nurse double check systems that failed, as well as what he calls the lack
of a “hospital technological backup” that would protect from human factors that could cause errors in the event that human checklists were
Quaid and his wife Kimberly have started the Quaid Foundation to reduce medical errors. Since the errors occurred at Cedars, the hospital
has adopted barcoding, special pharmaceutical cabinets and other safety measures. HIMSS has donated $10,000 to their foundation to help
facilitate safety measures.
Quaid ended his talk by saying that the next step for healthcare should be to make all of these systems interoperable and that systems must
be user friendly. He stated that “we have to make barcoding, CPOE and electronic record keeping common in all hospitals”. He continued, “It
takes leadership to make it happen in order to adopt the technology.”
Socket mobilizes the fight against germs with antimicrobial product suite
Socket Mobile, Inc., a provider of mobile productivity solutions, today announced availability of its first antimicrobial suite of healthcare
products for medical mobility, including their industry-leading handheld computer, the Socket SoMo 650Rx, and line of barcode scanners,
including the Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanners CHS 7NRx and CHS 7XRx and the plug-in CompactFlash Scan Card 5XRx.
The new Socket antimicrobial products are encased in plastics made with antimicrobial materials, which provide an extra layer of protection
to the devices against the multiplication and spread of potentially harmful bacteria and microbes. The Socket Rx Suite is a complete mobility
solution for healthcare providers looking for durable products to use with applications such as bedside point of care (BPOC), medication
administration, e-prescribing, asset tracking and implementing electronic medical records (EMRs). The co-existence of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
and an extended battery, combined with a lightweight and ergonomic design in a PDA form-factor, result in a cost-effective, complete
solution for automated data management.
Lab tests performed by Antimicrobial Test Laboratories, LLC ensure the efficacy of the antimicrobial device casing according to the industry
standard test, JIS Z 2801. The testing method is designed to quantitatively measure the ability of an antimicrobial surface to kill or inhibit the
growth of microorganisms. The lab test results demonstrate that the antimicrobial casing shows greater than a 99 percent reduction in Staph
bacteria on the surface of the device over a 24 hour period. The entire Rx suite of antimicrobial products will be displayed and demonstrated
in Socket Booth #3674 at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference April 4-8, 2009 at McCormick
Place, Chicago, Ill. For more information contact a Socket sales representative at http://www.socketmobile.com/contact/form/en/
Tri-State Hospital Supply Centurion brand trays and kits: Class 1 recall due to lack of sterility
Tri-State Hospital Supply Corporation and FDA notified healthcare professionals of a class 1 recall of multiple types of Centurion brand
disposable trays and kits used for insertion of tubes, catheters and ports, due to package sealing that may affect the sterility of the devices.
These products were distributed from November 24, 2008 through January 7, 2009. Distributors and customers were instructed to remove
the products from their inventory, inform the company of the number of products in stock and hold the products until the company arranges
for their return. Read the MedWatch safety summary, including a link to the FDA Recall Notice, at:
STERIS Corporation receives FDA clearance for unique crossover surgical table
STERIS Corporation announces the launch of the STERIS 5085 SRT General Surgical Table in North American markets. As the first multi-
functional sliding, rotating and transporting table for surgical suites, this practical breakthrough technology balances high quality performance
with cost-saving versatility, quality and safety benefits that will help surgical departments improve their productivity and workflow efficiency.
The new STERIS 5085 SRT table accommodates everything from advanced imaging procedures and minimally invasive surgical techniques
to traditional open surgeries. In the OR, the table’s outstanding slide and imaging range virtually eliminates the need for dedicated specialty
tables. Its generous weight capacity and height adjustment range assure safe and ergonomic patient support and surgeon access, even for
bariatric procedures. And the new intuitive data-rich hand control, central weight-bearing drive wheel and 360° pivot mode help make
maneuvering, positioning and transporting patients a smooth, safe and ergonomic process for patients and caregivers.
The STERIS 5085 SRT Surgical Table performs multiple duties in the surgical department and reduces the risk and time related to patient
transfers. The table is designed to support and position the patient from induction, during transport by a single caregiver to the OR, through
anesthesia and surgery, and during transport by one person to the recovery area. This provides opportunities for parallel perioperative
activities, reduces non-operating time, and helps reduce the number of risky patient transfers in the surgical suite. The STERIS 5085 SRT
Surgical Table offers the potential to help hospitals achieve significant gains in workflow efficiency, surgical productivity, and patient and staff
The new table is one of three platforms in the new STERIS series of general surgical tables. These practical innovations offer a range of
highly versatile surgical positioning and imaging capabilities, and can be productivity-enhancing solutions for any surgical suite. In addition,
all STERIS table accessories for Cmax tables that a facility currently owns (with the exception of one headrest) are appropriate for use on
the new STERIS 4085, 5085 and 5085 SRT tables. For more information, visit www.steris.com.
G.E. and Intel working on remote monitors to provide home healthcare
Two of the nation’s technology giants, General Electric and Intel, are joining forces to try to cash in on the trend of delivering more healthcare
outside hospitals and doctors’ offices. The companies announced a partnership, plan to spend $250 million jointly in the next five years on
research and development of health technologies to let doctors remotely monitor, diagnose and consult with patients in their homes or
Both companies have fledgling offerings in the field of telehealth, as it is known, and home health monitoring. Intel has just introduced a
special-purpose computer with two-way video capability, which is linked over the Internet to a doctor, nurse or physician assistant, called
Intel Health Guide.
Under the partnership, General Electric, whose $17 billion-a-year healthcare business ranges from medical imaging equipment to electronic
health records, agreed to distribute Intel’s computer system through its worldwide sales force.
For the last few years G.E. has built a small business unit, GE QuietCare, which uses motion sensors to monitor older patients, mostly in
communities for the elderly, so caregivers can be alerted to unusual patterns of activity, or inactivity, that might signal a health problem or
emergency. G.E. and Intel are pursuing what they expect to be a new multibillion-dollar market for using technology to automate and
streamline the management of chronic conditions as populations age, both in the United States and in other nations.
The early market for their high-tech remote monitoring systems, the companies’ executives say, will be integrated health providers in the
U.S. and abroad, insurers and specialized disease-management companies.
Intel has sold systems to Advanced Warning Systems, a disease management company, and has pilot projects under way with several
institutions ranging from the American insurer Aetna to a Scottish region of Britain’s National Health Service.
Analysts and industry executives say the market for personal healthcare technology, like remote monitoring, could benefit considerably if
reimbursement moves toward a pay-for-performance system. (NY Times)
Vericom and LG Electronics Partner at HIMSS 2009
Vericom Corporation, a Roswell, GA based healthcare communications company, will be showcasing its ChannelCare digital signage
healthcare content in the LG Electronics Booth (# 8315) at the Healthcare Information Management System Society (HIMSS) conference.
ChannelCare is an internal communications tool that combines customized messages and high-end graphics, displayed on high-resolution
Using LG M4212C-BA monitors, Vericom’s ChannelCare content delivers a wide variety of high-resolution messages, including 3D animated
patient education content, to carefully targeted healthcare audiences. This proprietary content is displayed in multi-channel formats to
emphasize the many different ways a hospital can communicate with its patients and consumers, physicians, employees, and others with a
focus on promoting quality and safety. Vericom is an official distributor of LG products and includes LG’s commercial HD LCD monitors as
part its digital signage healthcare solution. Please visit www.LGcommercial.com for more information.
Ekahau refines Wi-Fi RTLS performance with new location beacon
Ekahau Inc., a provider of Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), announced that it will make available a family of small mobile
battery-powered transmitters, called Ekahau location beacons, to further increase the location accuracy of its Wi-Fi RTLS solution. These
beacons are designed to enhance system performance in areas that have poor Wi-Fi coverage but where location accuracy is mission
critical. Ekahau will be demonstrating its location beacon capabilities during the HIMSS 2009 Annual Conference and Exhibition, Booth 4820.
With deployment of these location beacons, the Ekahau RTLS can support a variety of different location tracking requirements, such as:
campuswide tracking using standard RTLS capabilities over the customer’s existing Wi-Fi network with the Wi-Fi industry’s best accuracy;
room-level location using an enterprise-grade Wi-Fi network or using Ekahau location beacons in areas of poor Wi-Fi coverage; bed- or bay-
level accuracy, such as in hospital emergency rooms or recovery rooms in operating suites where many beds may be only separated by
curtains. In these scenarios the system leverages both the customer’s Wi-Fi network and Ekahau location beacons.
Ekahau Wi-Fi tags recognize these location beacon signals and transmit the signal data to the RTLS server, which calculates the precise
location of the Ekahau tags. The location beacons are typically mounted on a wall. Because they do not require any cabling, the location
beacons can be moved around as needed to improve accuracy for a period of time or installed permanently in specific locations. For more
information about Ekahau, please visit at www.ekahau.com.
RF Technologies to release Help Alert wireless, staff-duress call solution at HIMSS09
RF Technologies, a provider of Wi-Fi real-time locating systems (RTLS), radio frequency identification monitoring systems and healthcare
security solutions, will be launching its new Help Alert wireless, staff-duress call solution at HIMSS09 Annual Conference and Exhibition, at
Help Alert is a safety solution that gives doctors, nurses and other staff members the confidence to move about a facility knowing they can
quickly, easily and discreetly summon help with the press of a button. A pendant with a silent call button is either worn around the neck or
clipped to a belt. With Real Time Locating System (RTLS) technology, Help Alert provides notification with the exact location where
assistance is needed and therefore reduces response time. The Help Alert software uses a graphical interface to immediately display alert
notifications and to visually and accurately identify the alert locations on both facility and specific floor plan maps. The device’s software
displays on computer monitors with a facility floor plan for accurate location notification. Signals are also sent to handheld devices carried by
security personnel. Protocol for reaching the person in duress is developed by each facility; generally, security personnel are the first to
A distinctive component to Help Alert is the handheld, real-time locating device, a personal data assistant (PDA). This PDA allows mobile
access functions, including giving security personnel visual and audible notifications and the ability to disable an alarm at the point of
incident. The device also provides communication with the reference tags and pendants for deployment, configuration and general
management of the system. This mobile component is based on RF Technologies’ PinPoint Mobile Asset-Tracking software. Visit
www.rft.com for more information.
B. Braun Medical Inc. to demonstrate Infusion Systems Technologies at HIMSS 2009 Interoperability Showcase
B. Braun will demonstrate the Outlook, DoseTrac and DoseLink systems and its medication administration and electronic health record
interoperability at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s HIMSS09 Interoperability Showcase at booth # 7750 in
the North Hall of McCormick Place during the HIMSS Conference & Exhibition.
Designed as a HIMSS Health Information Exchange (HIE) - based environment, the Showcase includes clinical scenarios enabled by the
standards-based IHE framework and HITSP federally recognized Interoperability Specifications.
B. Braun will demonstrate the interoperability of its DoseTrac Infusion Management Software, DoseLink Interfaces and Outlook Safety
Infusion Systems using two-way communication with numerous vendors including Cerner, GE Centricity, Draeger, Philips, Capsule and
AeroScout announces world’s first Wi-Fi asset tracking solution with embedded ultrasound capabilities
With the industry’s first Wi-Fi based visibility solution that has built-in ultrasound capabilities, AeroScout continues to extend the most
comprehensive and cost-efficient asset visibility solution for enterprise-wide indoor and outdoor asset tracking, room-level separation, bay-
level resolution, chokepoint detection and condition monitoring. The combination of Wi-Fi and ultrasound capabilities gives patients and staff
in healthcare environments 100% room-level resolution.
AeroScout also announces a new Humidity Monitoring solution and two new Temperature Sensor Tags. Humidity monitoring is vital in
hospital environments, such as operation rooms, patient rooms and medical and surgical supply rooms. With the ability to accurately monitor
temperature and humidity levels, hospital staff can easily comply with regulations and take quick action when levels exceed acceptable
ranges. Visit here for more information. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20090401005497/en