MedEye chosen by elderly-care organization Present to enhance medication safety

  • MedEye system enables 65% decrease in recorded medication incidents after six-week trial in elderly care setting

  • Present to roll out MedEye medication verification system to all twelve departments of its small-scale living facilities

MedEye, an innovative healthtech company with a state-of-the-art medication verification system, is pleased to announce that Present, a Netherlands-based elderly-care organization, has opted to roll-out MedEye’s medication verification system. The system will be installed across all twelve of Present’s small-scale living facilities after a positive pilot scheme which showed, in the first month, a 66% reduction in recorded medication incidents. In the following month no medication incidents were reported anymore.  

Digitally integrated system enhances safety and quality
With MedEye’s system, Present’s entire medication process is now done digitally via an integration with a local pharmacy and the electronic prescription system.

Director Janneke Louisa-Muller of Present, commented: “From a quality point of view, safety is very important to our residents and medication safety is an essential part of that. MedEye is a means for us to prevent errors and makes it easier for our employees. The pilot went very positively on both of these points. Present therefore has chosen to use MedEye more widely for all groups for small-scale living."

Greater efficiency leads to better patient care
During the summer period Present conducted a six-week trial with the system in different departments. Nurse and project leader Lieke Kwakernaak commented: “There was a significant reduction in recorded medication incidents in the first month and the nurses who have worked with MedEye are very enthusiastic about the benefits of the system. The medication process is safer and more efficient now, we don’t have paper checklists anymore and we don’t have to set actions on recorded medication incidents reports any more. This gives us more time to spend on care.”

Leading the way in the elderly care sector
At elderly-care organization Present, the medication is first organized into bags for each separate administration. MedEye checks whether the content of the bag corresponds to the prescribed medication and indicates if further verification is needed, and if so, the medication is placed in a special medication scanner that uses AI to identify the drug. The system enables an extra check that gives extra certainty that the right patient is getting the right medication with the right dose. With this innovative process, Present is one of the first elderly care organizations in The Netherlands to have its entire medication process done digitally via a MedEye link with both the local pharmacy and the Medimo electronic prescription system.

Jort Kooistra, Chief Executive Officer at Medeye, commented: “We’re excited by the potential for our technology to assist professionals not only in the hospital setting but in the elderly care sector. This partnership is an important step as we expand the reach of our system. We’re particularly pleased that errors reduced so significantly – two thirds – in just six weeks. MedEye’s aim is to increase efficiency and accuracy, so that nurses and caregivers can have confidence as they administer medication at the bedside. It is therefore extremely encouraging to hear the overwhelmingly positive responses of nurses using MedEye’s system.”

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New CEO to drive international growth of MedEye’s unique medication verification platform

MedEye, an innovative medtech company with an AI-powered medication verification system, announced today that it has appointed Jort Kooistra as Chief Executive Officer to support the company’s international commercial growth. Co-founder Gauti Reynisson will step down as CEO and will lead MedEye’s research and development as Chief Technology Officer.  

Jort Kooistra joins MedEye with over 20 years’ experience of the healthcare industry. From significant commercial roles at Zimmer Biomet, Johnson & Johnson and Bioventus, as well as leadership and support of innovative start-up companies, Jort has built considerable expertise in successful product launches and growing international commercial healthcare businesses.  

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Jort Kooistra - CEO MedEye

In the US and Europe, one in five medication administrations are incorrect, leading to compromised patient care, inefficiencies at treatment centres and greater costs to healthcare systems. MedEye’s unique bedside medication verification technology makes preventable medication errors in the hospital and long-term care settings avoidable, automatically checking that the medication being administered corresponds with the prescription. Unlike other approaches, MedEye’s medication verification platform can be used for both high risk medication as well as tablets.

Following on from its successful launch in The Netherlands, MedEye is looking to broaden the reach of its unique medication verification technology internationally. The company has been scaling up, expanding its global operations, with rollouts planned for the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Jort Kooistra, Chief Executive Officer of MedEye, commented: “A 20% error rate in medication administration is unacceptable. Our aim is to make this as close to zero as possible and MedEye’s unique technology enables this. We want to facilitate a systemic shift, enabling medications to be delivered safely and in the most efficient manner possible. I am excited to be leading the company as it begins its international expansion and I look forward to working with the team to bring this unique approach to more hospitals and care facilities worldwide.”

Dr. Russell G. Greig, Chairman of the MedEye Board of Directors, commented: “MedEye is at a very exciting point in its development as it ramps up its international commercial operations.  Jort’s significant commercial experience across global markets, both within large multi-national and smaller innovative businesses, will help drive MedEye’s growth and greater adoption in new markets. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Gauti for his service and dedication to MedEye since the Company’s inception and we are delighted that he will remain as Chief Technology Officer to continue to support its success.”

Gauti Reynisson, Chief Technology Officer at MedEye, added: “I’m very excited to welcome Jort to the team. His appointment is the natural next step for the company as we look to grow the team and achieve our international growth ambitions. With numerous exciting initiatives ahead, I look forward to working closely with him and spearheading MedEye’s ongoing R&D efforts.”

About MedEye
MedEye was founded in 2010 to revolutionize medication safety in hospitals and other healthcare institutions. Initially designed as a tool to help nurses give medications to patients safely and efficiently, MedEye has developed a complete medication verification system with both software and hardware that is used by and for the benefit of nurses, patients and clinicians.  

MedEye’s AI-powered verification system is driven by the ‘Five Rights’ of medication administration; the right patient, the right drug, the right time, the right dose and the right route. MedEye’s solutions are currently on the market in in Belgium, Iceland and The Netherlands, where the company is active in 14% of healthcare institutions.

Medeye is headquartered in The Netherlands and investors include LSP, Seventure Partners, NSA Ventures and Brabant Development Agency (BOM). For more information please visit www.medeye.com.

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Interzorg medication safety project nominated for "IT project of the year in Healthcare"

Elderly care organization Interzorg, MedEye and the Wilhelmina Hospital Assen (WZA) have been nominated for the Computable Awards 2019 in the "IT project of the year in Healthcare" category. The joint project for better medication safety has been selected, with four other nominees, from dozens of entries. By using the MedEye system, healthcare providers can better verify medication administration and prevent errors. Readers of Computable can vote until Sunday 6 October via https://awards.computable.nl/stem/.

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Jury report: IT innovation leads to better healthcare
Computable, an online magazine for information technology professionals, selects appealing and remarkable achievements in the field of ICT every year. In the jury report, Computable describes the medication project as follows: “In cooperation with WZA and MedEye, Interzorg enables its employees to verify electronically whether medication is correct and still up-to-date when supplying the medication to the patient. Every tablet is recognized and compared with the current prescription via the MedEye scanner. The automated verification of medication is an innovation that directly leads to better care through the reduction of medication errors. The jury of the Computable Awards 2019 was impressed that Interzorg took the entire process into consideration.” 

Innovation for elderly care
Interzorg was the first to introduce MedEye in elderly care. The level and complexity of care demanded by clients of Interzorg is increasing rapidly, so medication safety has top priority for Interzorg. Karin van der Baan is a nurse at Interzorg’s location ‘Nieuw Graswijk’ in Assen and she is enthusiastic: “More and more clients use multiple types of medication and changes are sometimes necessary. MedEye supports us in keeping an overview, partly through the digital registration. It provides structure, offers an important foundation and therefore a safe feeling, also in the case of medication changes. With this solution, Interzorg ensures error-free administration”. 

IT innovation ensures medication safety
The hospital pharmacy of the Wilhelmina Hospital (WZA) in Assen supervised the implementation of MedEye at Interzorg. Hospital pharmacist Yvonne Dijsselbloem is the supervisory pharmacist for Interzorg and is happy with the nomination: “I am very happy with this recognition, because it shows that innovation in the field of ICT also makes an important contribution to medication safety in elderly care. During the implementation of the "safe principles in the medication chain",  changes in medication pouches and double-checking of high-risk drugs proved to be two major bottlenecks. MedEye offers a great solution for both”.

Pleasant cooperation
“We believe that patients and clients are entitled to the right medication and that healthcare professionals deserve the right tools to help them achieve that. That is why we have built MedEye. Our medication safety system demonstrably reduces the number of errors considerably. We are therefore very proud of this nomination together with Interzorg and WZA. Our collaboration with them has always been very pleasant”, says Gauti Reynisson, CEO of MedEye.

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MedEye releases version 3.8

MedEye Release 3.8

MedEye has released version 3.8 of MedEye. With this release MedEye is taking a major step forward in helping nurses and pharmacists handle complex verifications and product substitutions, which are essential for fast and safe bedside medication verification.

Version 3.8 also greatly enhances feedback to users about the use and impact of MedEye. Customers gain valuable insights into how MedEye is being used and where processes can be improved to support medication safety at the bedside.

Some of the highlights:

MedEye Verification Rules and High Risk Medication

MedEye Verification Rules mechanism will keep track of each individual check and how it is performed, without any extra work for the nurse. Checks that can be monitored include dose, product, timing, patient, route, rate and other checks that the hospital uses for ensuring best practises.

With MedEye pill-scanning, barcode scanning and visual verification, almost all checks can be automated, saving the nurse time and making sure that best practices are followed for every administration.

MedEye Substitutions

Substitutions are common in hospitals but can be difficult to perform, which leads to unnecessary errors. With this version of MedEye, nurses will now be assisted by MedEye in handling those substitutions and be able to do them safely and in shorter time.

MedEye Pre-Verification

With MedEye Pre-Verification, customers can now implement workflows where some medications are verified before the medication round, and then safely tracked and traced to the patient at the correct time - cutting time spent on medication verification at the bedside bin half.

MedEye Visual Verification

In 2016, MedEye revolutionised bedside verification with the introduction of MedEye pill-scanning technology. In version 3.8, customers can now start using MedEye Visual Verification. With this module, MedEye can use pictures to verify everything from insulin pen settings, to infusions pump rate and volume in syringes. With this module, hospitals can automate virtually all medication related double checks done in the hospital.

Improved feedback

MedEye has helped prevent more than 200.000 medication errors since introduction in 2016. With release 3.8 MedEye can collect more detailed, anonymous usage data which will help hospitals detect gaps in the process and generate reports that will help identify ways to improve medication safety in the hospital.

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Visit us at the Clinical Pharmacy Congress in London - Booth F60

Medication errors happen for various reasons and MedEye, a patented solution, helps nurses to stop them. MedEye automatically collects information at the patient’s bedside and guides the nurse to give the right medication at the right time.  Through simplifying information, MedEye provides insights that enables pharmacists, doctors, and nurses to work together to continuously improve the medication process to prevent future medication errors.

Stop by to talk about how we can help you prevent and stop medication errors with bedside verification. Come visit us at booth F60 at the Clinical Pharmacy Congress (Junel 7th - 8th 2019 - Excel London). More information

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Visit us at the EAHP for Hospital pharmacists in Barcelona - Booth 36

Medication errors happen for various reasons and MedEye, a patented solution, helps nurses to stop them. MedEye automatically collects information at the patient’s bedside and guides the nurse to give the right medication at the right time.  Through simplifying information, MedEye provides insights that enables pharmacists, doctors, and nurses to work together to continuously improve the medication process to prevent future medication errors.

Stop by to talk about how we can help you prevent and stop medication errors with bedside verification. Come visit us at booth #36 at the EAHP (March 27th - 29th 2019 – Barcelona). More information: http://www.eahp.eu/congresses

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MedEye partners with med-id Pty Ltd to introduce automated bedside medication verification to the Australian market

As of February 1st 2019, MedEye, a revolutionary medication verification tool to support nurses with medication administration to patients, will be introduced to healthcare facilities in Australia and New Zealand. MedEye has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with med-id Pty Ltd to bring to market MedEye’s automated medication verification that will help increase medication safety in hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Dr. Paul Gooden, co-founder or med-id: “We are very excited to bring this cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology to hospitals in our region. After visiting a number of leading hospitals in Europe, where MedEye is already in use, we were convinced that MedEye would change the life of all medical professionals that administer medication to patients.”

Strong partner
Also Gauti Reynisson, CEO of MedEye is excited about the collaboration: “After introduction of MedEye in a number of European countries, we are very happy to have found a strong partner for Australia and New Zealand. The knowledge, experience and network med-id bring are of great value to us. To make sure nurses can use a sophisticated tool like MedEye to help them deliver the best care possible to their patients, we need a partner that knows healthcare and how to introduce new technology to its workers. With med-id we have found just that.”

Medication errors are never ok
Michael Beck, co-founder of med-id: “At med-id, we believe that medication errors are never okay. Patients are at the center of our mission and we now can make sure that nurses have the tool to help them be perfect at delivering the right medication at the right time and with the right dose, all the time.”

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More than 50% of nurses do not have enough time for medication administration

In an extensive survey, more than half of the nurses from hospitals (54%) and nursing homes (53%) indicated that they do not have enough time to give medication. MedEye conducted this survey on medication safety during the Nursing Experience Congress held in the Netherlands in December 2018 amongst more than 500 nurses. 

Administration of drug is the most critical moment
The majority (90%) of the nurses indicated that they are disturbed regularly during the process of medication administration. Disruptions during this complex process can lead to mistakes. The administration of a medicine is in fact the most critical moment in the medication distribution process, because afterwards errors can only be repaired by an alert patient. Research shows that in situations in which the patient is unable to recognize and / or intervene with errors, this last check* disappears. Nearly three-quarters of hospital nurses indicated that they sometimes make mistakes.

Administration errors still a problem
In healthcare, medication administration errors are still a problem. Other medication errors, such as transcription and prescription errors, have been reduced since 1 January 2014 due to the introduction of the Electronic Prescription Directive. As of that date, care providers and prescribers of medicines, such as doctors, dentists, midwives and nurses, had to prescribe medication electronically in the Netherlands. However, delivery errors are not yet sufficiently under control. Despite the introduction of the VMS theme High Risk, which focuses on the human double check of high-risk medication, research shows that more than a quarter of the nurses in hospitals and nursing homes do not always carry out this second check.

Stress during administration
The survey also showed that more than 65% of nurses experience stress during medication administration. Earlier, the V & VN nurses association held a survey ** among more than a thousand nurses, which showed that high work pressure regularly leads to errors. And that making a mistake results in sleepless nights for nurses, even if the error did not cause any harm to the patient. The study was repeated with nearly 17,000 members of Nurses & Caregivers in the Netherlands. Results of that study were published last January and showed that 69% of respondents indicated that the workload has increased even further in the past year.

Nurses can discuss mistakes in their organization
If an error is made with the medication, 88% of all nurses indicated that this can be discussed in the organization. The vast majority (> 80%) of nurses in hospitals and nursing homes indicated that they would like to have access to technology that supports them in the safe administration of medication.

* 1 Gossen SA, van den Bemt PMLA, Brouwers JRBJ. Fouten bij de toediening van geneesmiddelen. Pharm Weekbl 2001;136(38):1428-33.

2 van den Bemt PMLA, Egberts ACG. Drug-related problems: definitions and classification. Eur J Hospital Pharm Pract 2007;13(1):62-4 

**https://zorgnu.avrotros.nl/uitzending/04-10-2016/gevolgen-van-een-hoge-werkdruk-verpleegkundigen/

 ***https://www.venvn.nl/Portals/1/Downloads/Rapport%20Arbeidsmarkt%202019.pdf

 

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Tergooi Hospital has chosen MedEye to strengthen medication safety

Quality is central to Tergooi’s mission.  As such, it has selected MedEye medication safety system to help nurses ensure medication safety at the bedside.  Tergooi believes this step will further improve safety and efficiency at the hospitals.

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Hospital pharmacist Jolande van der Wildt is pleased with the new system: "The use of MedEye has already proven success in several hospitals. The system supports the nurse to verify the medication administered is in accordance with the physician order, thus improving quality.  In addition, like the result from other hospitals, I expect MedEye to help simplify the identification and registration of medication and reduce nurse’s workload”.

In Tergooi, approximately 1 million medication administrations are given to patients each year. This is a complex and risky process that consists of several steps, from prescription and preparation to the final administration. International studies have shown that one in five drug administrations are incorrect. In recent years, Tergooi has successfully reduced the number of errors within the process by means of digital control moments (implementing computerized physician order entry and eMAR). However, the last step of the administration at the bedside remained manual until now.  This is why Tergooi is adding MedEye to ensure digital verification will stop errors and avoid human mistakes.

The MedEye AI system uses image recognition to verify medications at the bedside before administration, and simultaneously register them through the integration into the hospital information system. This process helps nurses to work more accurately and efficiently. It is especially important with high-risk medication where a second nurse is required for double check.  MedEye has significantly improved both safety and efficiency for these hospitals.

MedEye is another good example of the continuous focus Tergooi places on optimally leveraging technologies to improve patient outcome.  Tergooi is also exploring other projects to assist patients closer to home.  An example would be telemonitoring heart patients.

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Double control opioids in hospital Nij Smellinghe (Netherlands) with MedEye

Nij Smellinghe became the first hospital to use MedEye’s medication safety system to double-check oral opioid (medicines that are highly narcotic and analgesic).  This verification helps the hospital to ensure the right medication is given to the right patient.  As a result, the administration of these medications at Nij Smellinghe hospital has become safer.

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Safer and more efficient
Nij Smellinghe hospital has been using the MedEye safety system since 2017 for standard monitoring and for double checking of high-risk medication (including infusions and syringes). From now on the hospital also verifies all oral opioids with the system.

The opioids are verified by means of image recognition technology. A small scanner compares the unique properties of the tablets, including shape, colour, marks, break lines, diameter and thickness with the data in a drug database. In addition, the system is connected to the hospital information system to verify that the administration corresponds with the doctor's order. The result is that the administration of medication is safer and more efficient. It also meet the double-verification requirement which is the same process for administering high risk medications.

Hospital pharmacist Dick Bloemhof explains: "MedEye helps nurses safely administer medications. The use of this new technology ensures that the right patients receive the right medication, in the right dose and at the right time. Although double checking is not mandatory for opioids, this method provides more safety for the patient ".

Support for nurses
Linda de Boer, nurse at the Surgery/Urology ward, has been working with the MedEye system for some time and is pleased with the new addition: "MedEye has been supporting my colleagues and me in administering medications more safely. I now no longer have to wait for a second colleague to check the oral opioids as MedEye acts as a second nurse to support me. I can therefore work faster, safer, and with less stress. "

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MedEye helps nurses stop 100,000 medication errors

Over 1 million medication dosages checked with new AI powered visual verification technology

MedEye, a medication safety system powered by artificial intelligence to help nurses stop and prevent medication errors, has checked over a million administrations in hospitals in the Netherlands, Belgium, Iceland, and the United Kingdom since its launch in 2016.  To date, the system has prevented 100,000 medication errors including approximately 13,000 related to incorrect dose.  MedEye is the only technology capable of detecting dosing errors in hospitals.

A challenge in patient safety
“Reduction of Medication errors remains a challenge in patient safety” commented Prof. dr. Toine Egberts Professor of clinical pharmacy at Utrecht University. “The most important errors in the medication management process occur in the prescribing stage, during medication administration and when patients transition between health care settings. During medication administration it is first important to check whether the drug that is going to be administered to the patient according to the medication order, and second the drug has to be administered with the right technique. MedEye has shown to significantly contribute to the reduction of the first category of administration errors. The MedEye technique is likely to be more sustainable than current methods and technologies.”

Experience with MedEye
Hospital pharmacist, Dr. Michiel Duyvendak, has been working with the system at Antonius Hospital in Sneek since 2014, "International research has shown that barcode control on its own can prevent 50% of administration errors, but for the other 50% we were looking for additional technologies that could help our nurses with these complex tasks. MedEye provides us with the right option with their photo recognition hardware and intelligent software. Together we are now developing advanced support for high-risk medication so that the risk of errors is reduced significantly."

Preventing as well as stopping errors
Gauti Reynisson, co-founder of MedEye commented: “ Every patient who suffers harm due to an avoidable error is one too many. We knew that many errors are made during manual medication processes in hospitals that nurses are not always able to detect due to the busy and distracting working environment. By using MedEye at the bedside, nurses have avoided many errors and prevented harm with this new way of working. 

“Avoidable errors lead to additional costs for the hospital and the taxpayer. We have observed that following adption of MedEye, error rates drop quickly because of the syetem‘s machine learning ability to identify weaknesses in prescription and logistics processes and prevent those errors from recurring. Our goal is not only to minimise the number of bedside corrections needed but also to ensure that proceses as a whole become safer.“

MedEye used in over 10% of Dutch hospitals
MedEye acts as a second nurse for faster and safer verification while saving time and costs for hospitals. The benefits offered by the system have resulted in rapid adoption with 10% of Dutch hospitals now using the technology within two years. MedEye verifies all types of medication and delivery methods from oral administration and injection to infusion and can check fixed, variable, and fractional doses.  The system is able to verify multiple medications and document them in a Electronic Healthcare Register (EHR) with a single scan, streamlining medication administration processes and improving efficiency and accuracy when administering high-risk medication.

Medication Safety
Medication safety is an important theme in healthcare. Research has shown that medication errors are typically considered the most common medical errors in healthcare institutions.* Since 2010, electronic prescriptions are mandatory in the Netherlands to help make sure the prescription is correct. Now, with the help of MedEye, it is possible to close the loop to make sure that the correct medication is given to the patient with the right dose.

About MedEye

MedEye was founded with the mission of helping nurses give medications to patients safely and efficiently. The solution consists of software and hardware which is used at the patient bedside. MedEye is equipped with a scanner for pills and capsules and uses cameras to identify other medications. Verification is performed by nurse showing the medications to the MedEye visual recognition modules. Using machine learning, MedEye compares against the hospital information system and verifies the accuracy of the medication against the Five Rights of medication administration; the right patient, the right drug, the right time, the right dose, and the right route—all of which are regarded as the standard for safe medication practices.

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Visit us at the Clinical Pharmacy Congress in London - Booth G65

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Medication errors happen for various reasons and MedEye, a patented solution, helps nurses to stop them. MedEye automatically collects information at the patient’s bedside and guides the nurse to give the right medication at the right time.  Through simplifying information, MedEye provides insights that enables pharmacists, doctors, and nurses to work together to continuously improve the medication process to prevent future medication errors.

Stop by to talk about how we can help you prevent and stop medication errors with bedside verification. Come visit us at booth G65 at the Clinical Pharmacy Congress (April 27th - 28th 2018 - Excel London). More information

 

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Visit us at the 23rd Congress of the EAHP for Hospital pharmacists in Sweden - Booth 19

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Medication errors happen for various reasons and MedEye, a patented solution, helps nurses to stop them. MedEye automatically collects information at the patient’s bedside and guides the nurse to give the right medication at the right time.  Through simplifying information, MedEye provides insights that enables pharmacists, doctors, and nurses to work together to continuously improve the medication process to prevent future medication errors.

Stop by to talk about how we can help you prevent and stop medication errors with bedside verification. Come visit us at booth 19

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Meet us at HIMSS 2018 - Booth 12854

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The HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition brings together 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge health IT products and powerful networking are hallmarks of this industry-leading conference.

Stop by to talk about how we can help you prevent and stop medication errors with bedside verification. Come visit us at booth #12854, right in front of the interoperability showcase in hall G (level 1).

 

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ETIM 2018 focusing on AI and robotics

After last year's successful 1st congress about Emerging Technologies in Medicine (ETIM) in Essen, the organizing committee is ready for the second edition in February 16/17, 2018. Gauti Reynisson, CEO and co-founder of Mint Solutions, will speak at the congress about Closing the loop: Medication safety for hospitals and healthcare institutions. 

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The congress will take place at the Lehr- und Lernzentrum of the medical faculty of University Hospital of Essen, Germany. The first day is dedicated to Artificial Intelligence and the second to Robotics.

Detailed information about the ETIM 2018 conference and its program is available at https://etim.uk-essen.de/.

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Flevo Hospital implements medication safety system of MedEye 

The Flevo Hospital in Almere the Netherlands, a top-clinical center housing 385 beds, has chosen to further increase the patient safety by verifying all medication administrations using the MedEye medication safety system.

From left to right: Gauti Reynisson (CEO Mint Solutions), Robin Roelofs (hospital pharmacist Flevo Hospital) en Edo Schubert (Board Flevo Hospital)

From left to right: Gauti Reynisson (CEO Mint Solutions), Robin Roelofs (hospital pharmacist Flevo Hospital) en Edo Schubert (Board Flevo Hospital)

Edo Schubert, member of the Board of Directors and responsible for quality and safety at the Flevo Hospital, is very pleased with this significant increase in medication safety: “Medication safety is an important topic in all hospitals, because we know that errors are prone to happen on the wards due to the high workload, or divided attention. Almost all hospital patients are on medication, which needs to be administrated correctly. By using this new evidence based technology to check all the medication administrations at the bedside, the risk on medication errors is greatly reduced.”

One in five administrations contains some kind of mistake
From various research reports* it appears that one in five administrations in hospitals contains some kind of mistake, e.g. wrong dose, wrong time or wrong medication. The MedEye system can visually verify the medication at the bedside before administration, and check and register it through the integration into the hospital information system. This process helps nurses to work more accurately and also more efficient. Specifically in de case of high risk medication which requires a double check by a second nurse, it means a great improvement in both safety and efficiency to use the MedEye system instead.  

Medication safety primary focus
Also hospital pharmacist Robin Roelofs is eager to work with MedEye: “Medication safety is a primary focus in patient care. The further you improve the process and at the same time make it more visible, the safer it becomes. Our ultimate goal is to verify that the correct medication is administered to the right patient at the right dose at the right time and in the appropriate manner. MedEye is an important tool to reach this goal.”

Moving to 's-Hertogenbosch
Mint Solutions, the company behind the MedEye system, experienced a strong growth in the past year and expects that by the end of this year 20% of the Dutch hospitals will have MedEye installed. They are also busy deploying the MedEye system in long term care institutes and hospitals in other European countries, like Belgium and the UK. 

Gauti Reynisson, CEO of MedEye, just moved the company to a bigger office: “The current growth phase requires more expansion possibilities. ‘s-Hertogenbosch is a great central location for us with many other high-tech companies in the area. Together with our clients we keep bringing innovative solutions for medication safety and continue to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare each day."

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National Institute for Health Research: Medication incidents are the main causes of preventable patient harm.

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Dr Maria Panagioti, Senior Research Fellow, NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC): "Delivering safe healthcare to patients and preventing patient harm is an international priority. Despite this, patient safety incidents are not uncommon. The NHS and Government should invest to reduce preventable patient harm. For example, investment in interventions to reduce medication errors (particularly at the stages of prescribing and administration of medication)".

Read more: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/blogs/putting-patient-safety-first/7585

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Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals first NHS trust to start using MedEye in the UK

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MedEye and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust executed the first pilot as preparation for rollout of MedEye. Newcastle is thereby the first hospital in the UK to try out MedEye. Mint Solutions and the hospital have worked on preparation for go-live for some months now, and the intention is to start a large scale study on the impact of MedEye in 2018. This first pilot focused on data exchange and workflow fit and has provided valuable insights which will guide preparation towards the go-live date.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 FTI program under grant agreement No 730731

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MedEye: final safety check in the administration of medicine 

Gauti Reynisson, CEO and co-founder of Mint Solutions

Gauti Reynisson, CEO and co-founder of Mint Solutions

The final link in the medication chain from hospital pharmacy to patient is the riskiest one. MedEye helps nurses administer all types of medicine more safely and accurately. The system also facilitates the proper handling of medication that requires a second check. 

“Medication verification at the patient’s bed is necessary to ensure that the right medicine is being administered in the right dose at the right time and via the right route to the right patient. The use of automated pre-packaged medicines, barcodes and checklists are helpful, but not sufficient for preventing all possible errors in all pharmaceutical groups, including incorrect deliveries and wrongly dosed medication,” says Gauti Reynisson, CEO and co-founder of Mint Solutions. Since 2000, this company has been developing a system to prevent the risk of improper medication administration. 

The computer never tires
According to Reynisson, a computer is the right tool for accurate medication verification. That’s because it never gets bored with routine tasks, does not skip essential steps and cannot be distracted. Yet, he claims, the systems used in many hospitals do not work well enough. “Nurses need to carefully read all information at the patient’s bed and deal with manual, digital administration work. This increases the risk of errors and does not sufficiently guarantee patient safety.” 

While studying in the United States, Reynisson learned about image recognition technology, which is also used in self-driving cars. This inspired him to apply this digital technology to medication verification. To make this possible, Reynisson and his classmate Ivar Helgason established Mint Solutions in 2010. Six years later, MedEye, the first medication scanner, was put into use at a Dutch hospital. The number of users has grown steadily ever since. Around ten percent of hospitals in the Netherlands currently work with the system, international interest is growing and nursing homes have also shown an interest. 

Medication scanner on the medicine cart
Reynisson describes MedEye as a tool that helps nurses with the logistical and clinical process. “A single step that links up with the existing procedures enables the system to verify all medicine intended for the individual patient. A small scanner on the medicine cart is sufficient to physically check the tablets and capsules at the patient’s bedside. The scanner compares the shape, colour, markings, diameter and thickness with the information in the medication database. The system is also linked to the hospital information system in order to verify that the administration corresponds to the doctor’s instructions.” 

MedEye can also facilitate the proper handling of medication that requires a second check, i.e. ‘high risk medication’ such as injections, infusions and insulin. Medication packaged by the distribution system for medication (GDS) can also be verified safely and efficiently at the patient’s bed. If changes have occurred and the contents of the medication pouch are no longer correct, the nurse can check this with the medication scanner and make the necessary changes. The packaging does not need to be sent back to the pharmacy first. 

Reynisson is keen to point out that the use of a sophisticated system alone is not enough to prevent all errors in the medication administration process. “All processes, including medication preparation, must be in proper order. That is why we devote special attention to this before implementing MedEye.” 

Source: Elsevier Magazine (page 6, in Dutch)

 

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Medication administration at Nij Smellinghe even safer with MedEye CoSign

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The administration of High Risk Medications is now monitored at Nij Smellinghe hospital using a new addition to MedEye. By using MedEye CoSign, these medications can now be automatically double checked to ensure greater safety and efficiency. Nij Smellinghe hospital is the world's first hospital to use this method to make medication administrations to patients even safer in cooperation with Mint Solutions.

Double checks for medications
In hospitals, all infusions and injections are considered High Risk Medications, and require a double check by two nurses before each administration. At Nij Smellinghe Hospital, the pharmacy strives to provide this type of medication in pre-prepared packages as much as possible. High Risk Medications are currently tagged with a unique barcode, linked to the digital prescription, and contains information about the drug, dosage and other important details. When the barcode is scanned by MedEye CoSign, at the bedside, all this information is used to verify that the correct medication is administered to the right patient at the right dose at the right time and in the appropriate manner. As a result, administering medication becomes safer and more efficient since MedEye is able to meet most double check requirements without requiring a second nurse.

Closed loop
At Nij Smellinghe hospital, as many medications as possible are prepared for administration by fully automated IV stations. The robot tags the preparations with a unique barcode, and scanning the code on the patient’s wrist band allows hospital staff to check that the medication in question was indeed prescribed for this patient in this form and dosage. MedEye then helps the nurse to automatically verify and document the administration in one handling. This ‘closed loop’ ensures optimal safety in the process of administering medication to patients.

Nij Smellinghe and Mint Solutions are currently running a two-phase pilot programme with MedEye CoSign, in one nursing department. Patients and hospital staff have reacted positively to the new method and the expectation is that this system will be implemented throughout the entire hospital following the pilot.

Source: www.nijsmellinghe.nl

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