Update from Day Two at the unSUMMIT

Today was the first full day of unSUMMIT activity and I found myself picking up quite a bit of useful information. I didn’t attend every session, but managed to make the most of the ones I did. Even though the conference is billed as bedside barcoding I found that many of the presentations went beyond barcoding to include clinical decision support, techniques for education, troubleshooting tips and tips on how to best create a multi-disciplinary team for project planning and implementation.

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Ronald Schneider spent some time talking about “VA: 10 Years of Innovation with Barcode Medication Administration.” One thing is certain, the VA takes BCMA/BPOC seriously and has developed various systems for automatically collecting bad barcode information, tracking and submitting that information to the FDA, testing hardware, software and vendor wristbands. If they haven’t already, they should make this information available to the general public, i.e. all healthcare systems.

One other takeaway from Schneider’s presentation was the amazing effort the VA has put into creating a single, well integrated database in which all this information is housed. The data is stored in a centralized repository where it is readily accessible for viewing and reporting via a simple web interface. It’s refreshing to see someone developing a robust data collection system instead of creating data silos that no one can get into.

Dennis Hoover from Yakima Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington covered the use of various metrics to monitor barcoding and how to utilize this information to make improvements. I spent a little time at Yakima Memorial a couple of years ago and can say that Dennis has done an incredible job with their BPOC. I tried to use much of his philosophy when we built our system and began rolling it out. His use of “nurse champions” to continuously monitor usage, educate nursing and improve the system has proven effective.

In addition Yakima has done a good job of integrating BCMA/BPOC into not only their acute care facility, but many of their ambulatory and long term care areas as well. Not many facilities can boast as much because many systems stop at the acute care boundary.

I rounded out the day by spending some time learning about education from a tandem, Carol Bair and Randy Adams, out of Midland Memorial Hospital and listening to some outcome data from Leah Wright from Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Leah didn’t seem too fond of pharmacy, but I won’t hold it against her. We can be a rough bunch to deal with at times.

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[NOTE: Midland uses the OpenVista BCMA system.]