Product News: Automatic ID
Medication Management System provides closed-loop audit trail.
Press Release Summary:
March 21, 2014 - Available as add-on to Anesthesia Touch™, Pharmacy Touch™ eliminates duplicate documentation, minimizes drug errors, and delivers narcotic tracking, charge capture, and decision support at point of care. When anesthesia is ready to deliver medication to patient, wave of labeled syringe past barcode scanner triggers documentation in Anesthesia Touch. Simultaneously, medication dispense transaction is recorded, seamlessly updating Pharmacy’s inventory counts and controlled substance tracking.
Original Press Release
Plexus Information Systems Expands Anesthesia Product Line with Medication Management System
Press release date: March 19, 2014
Boston — Plexus Information Systems, Inc. (Plexus IS), a market-leading provider of Anesthesia Information Management Systems (AIMS), is pleased to announce the rollout of its medication management system, Pharmacy Touch™, a modular add-on to Anesthesia Touch™. Pharmacy Touch eliminates duplicate documentation, reduces drug errors, and delivers narcotic tracking, charge capture, and decision support at the point of care, utilizing its bar coding system with imbedded tracking numbers. The closed-loop audit trail for controlled substances begins and ends in the pharmacy of the hospital or outpatient facility.
When anesthesia is ready to deliver the medication to the patient, a quick wave of the labeled syringe past the barcode scanner triggers documentation in Anesthesia Touch, including real-time safety checks and automated pharmacy charging. Simultaneously, the medication dispense transaction is recorded, seamlessly updating Pharmacy’s inventory counts and controlled substance tracking. The medication management solution also offers secure in-room narcotic storage that integrates with Anesthesia Touch and the Capsa Solutions’ Anesthesia Cart.
“The key to efficiency in the operating room is coordinating tasks while eliminating redundant actions. Pharmacy Touch facilitates safety and efficiency in the OR,” commented Albert Woo, M.D., President at Plexus Information Systems. “Plexus IS developed Pharmacy Touch to help the pharmacies in our customers’ hospitals and surgery centers with the necessary tasks of inventory management, narcotic recordkeeping, and accurate patient charging – but without requiring duplicative work from the anesthesia staff.”
“The labeling and delivery of medication is a fundamental aspect of anesthesia care. Leveraging these activities to automatically update the pharmacy’s medication records was an obvious extension to Anesthesia Touch,” said Greg Matthews, Director of Product Management at Plexus Information Systems. “On the pharmacy side, the system automatically tracks narcotics and reconciles what was used and what was returned. Because it is a closed system, pharmacists can immediately determine whether any narcotics are missing, tally what has been used, and have the charges sent automatically to the pharmacy system and to the financial department.”
In addition, Plexus IS offers the Codonics Safe Label System® (SLS) as a fully integrated solution with Anesthesia Touch and Pharmacy Touch. The SLS helps to eliminate medication labeling errors using visual and audible electronic safety checks. The Codonics medication safety system prints medication labels, IV line labels, invasive monitor lines and other operating room needs on demand.
If you would like to learn more about Plexus IS’ medication management system, please contact us to schedule a Webinar.
About Plexus Information Systems, Inc.
Plexus Information Systems (Plexus IS) is a leading provider of anesthesia information management and medication management systems. Anesthesia Touch is a full-featured AIMS for both the iPad and Windows. It is easy to use, improves processes, enhances patient safety, provides comprehensive anesthesia documentation and is certified as a full EHR for Meaningful Use Stage 1 and 2. As a modular add-on to the anesthesia solution, Pharmacy Touch supports patient safety and simplifies medication documentation through barcode syringe labeling, automated dispensing, and closed-loop tracking. To learn more, visit www.plexusis.com.
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