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Beaufort Memorial Hospital Selects Care Fusion For Wireless Barcode Technology At The Bedside


One of the Nations "Most Wired" Hospitals chooses wCareCollect  and wBloodCare


McLean, VA -- Care Fusion, a leading provider of enterprise positive patient identification solutions, announced an agreement today with Beaufort Memorial Hospital to provide mobile barcode technology solutions at the point of care. Beaufort Memorial Hospital (BMH), located in Beaufort, South Carolina, selected Wireless CareCollect to improve the specimen collection process, and Wireless BloodCare, to verify blood products prior to transfusion. Beaufort Memorial Hospital is one of the Nations "Most Wired" Hospitals; ranked among some of the country's most advanced health systems. They chose Care Fusion to further improve the delivery of safe, efficient, high-quality care.


Beaufort Memorial Hospital's mission has always been to deliver superior health care services to their patients and improve the health of their community.


"The main reason for purchasing the new technology from Care Fusion was to increase efficiency and decrease errors. We want to make sure our patients feel safe and secure", said Kathy Ross, VP and CIO of BMH.


The decision was voted upon by an informal committee, consisting of Nursing Managers, Phlebotomists, IT specialists, and Blood Bank personnel. Each member of the committee participated in several demos and felt that Care Fusion's functionality, ease of integration, and real time capabilities were the best for BMH and their patients.


"Because Care Fusion's products are all real time and the blood product was FDA 510(k) cleared, that sealed the deal with us", added Ross.


wCareCollect improves the specimen collection process. Using barcode patient identification technology and label printing on portable printers, this application supports patient confirmation and documentation of specimen collected at the time of collection. This confirmation process assures that the specimens collected are labeled for the correct patient, thereby reducing the opportunity for errors and enhancing patient safety. wBloodCare, the first product of its type to receive FDA 510(k) clearance, provides functionality for confirmation of the patient and the blood product order and then completes a cross check of this information to the blood product prior to transfusion activity. This assures that the correct patient is receiving the correct blood product and matched unit.


About Beaufort Memorial Hospital

Beaufort Memorial Hospital, opened in 1944, is licensed for 197 beds (169 acute, 14 rehab and 14 mental health). It is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and boasts a quality medical staff of more than 100 board-certified physicians. The largest hospital between Savannah, Ga. and Charleston, S.C., Beaufort Memorial Hospital is situated on the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway and is one of the few hospitals in the country with its own emergency dock.


About Care Fusion

Care Fusion's modular array of applications unlock the power of barcode scanning to positively identify patients and ensure the accuracy of medication administration, specimen collection, blood transfusions, patient charting and viewing, and charge capture, all accessible from one highly portable handheld or laptop device. Care Fusion offers a suite of interoperable products that include: wCareMed to support medication administration, allergy warnings, safety alerts and complex IVs; wCareCollect to verify and label lab specimens; wBloodCare to verify blood products prior to transfusion; wCareAssist to record vital signs and patient care information; wCareView for a consolidated view of patient data; and wCareCapture for point of care billing of supplies.


One Vendor. One Device. Many Powerful Solutions.

For more information on Care Fusion's wireless barcode solutions, visit


For more information:

Kenneth Tighe, Chief Executive Officer


Oct 11, 2005, 09:33

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