M.D. Anderson Cancer Center has signed an agreement to buy the Alaris system with Guardrails MX software. The pumps also include the optional built in bar code reader for meds administration. Give the many options on their system, the Alaris press release is rather sketchy on what exactly M.D. Anderson bought. No mention is made of integration with the hospital's ADT or pharmacy systems, nor for the alarm notification that's facilitated by Emergin.
Health took the time to really understand our business objectives and
make sure we instituted a solution that would meet our long-term
IV-medication management needs," said Jane Kwan, finance manager,
department of pharmacy for The University of Texas M. D. Anderson
Cancer Center. "One module we are implementing, the Alaris®
Auto-ID module, will allow us to scan the patient's wristband,
clinician's ID and IV bag prior to administration, which will help
improve data capture and safety."
Sounds like a long sales cycle, which is par for the course when connectivity is added to a medical device sale.
UPDATE: Knowledgeable readers have provided some additional information on this sale in the comments below, including the following:
Cardinal Health/Alaris Products currently markets including: PC, LVP,
syringe, PCA, EtCO2, SpO2, Auto-ID/Bar-Code, Network Server/Wireless
cards, integration Gateway, integration sockets for Emergin,
Professional Services and the new Guardrails MX software suite. The
Alaris wireless network system will be integrated with their wireless
infrastructure for collection of CQI data and updates for formulary.
They currently use US Biogistics Asset Trakker and will interface with
new RFID tags on each Alaris module for room level tracking. The system
is integrated with ADT [...]. They are also an Emergin partner and will integrate with
Emergin through the Alaris Gateway and socket. The Gateway and wireless
network opens the door for many future integration opportunities.