Meta Continues Patient Safety Education with Health Data Management Webinar

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Meta Healthcare IT Solutions, a supplier of comprehensive medication safety information systems for the healthcare industry, is continuing to showcase its patient safety solutions, most recently through a focus on its MetaCare eMarâ„¢ solution in a Webinar by Health Data Management.

Meta Healthcare IT Solutions, a supplier of comprehensive medication safety information systems for the healthcare industry, is continuing to showcase its patient safety solutions, most recently through a focus on its MetaCare eMarâ„¢ solution in a Webinar by Health Data Management.

Titled "From the Pharmacy to the Bedside: Preventing Medication Errors with Barcode Technology," the Webinar highlighted the success of Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC), a hospital located in Portsmouth, Ohio which has achieved 98.6 percent bar code compliance using MetaCare eMAR. The Webinar, which was sponsored by First DataBank, also examined how to use First DataBank's clinical content to improve patient safety.

"First Databank clinical knowledge is not simply applied equally by all subscribers to their data," explained Sal Barcia, CEO of Meta. "It is more like an artist's palette, where the skill and creativity of the artist will yield very different results for each user based on their talent and vision. We are pleased to have developed a close relationship with First Databank over the past twenty years whereby they are truly a partner in patient care who listen and respond to our needs."

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), medication errors cause at least one death every day and injure approximately 1.3 million people annually in the U.S. In addition, a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) noted that these errors, or preventable adverse drug events (ADEs), cost the country's healthcare system a staggering $2 billion annually.

"SOMC is a great example of how bar coding technology can significantly reduce medication administration errors and therefore improve patient safety outcomes," remarked Lisa Geller, Product Manager for First DataBank. "At First DataBank, we work to drive patient safety and healthcare quality by providing drug databases that are used within information systems that touch every aspect of healthcare."

MetaCare eMAR is a Web-based Medication Administration System designed to monitor and reduce medication errors at the point of care through the use of barcode technology. Upon scanning the patient's wristband barcode, MetaCare eMAR identifies and verifies the patient, searches for the medications that have been ordered for that patient and cross-checks for possible drug allergies and interactions. Subsequent scanning of the actual medication packaging verifies the correct drug, dose, route of administration and schedule. Through efficiently automating the medication administration process, the system allows hospital pharmacies to more efficiently track medication inventory while providing "five rights checking."

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For nearly 20 years, Meta has been developing software solutions that meet the needs and exceed the expectations of the healthcare industry by providing innovative and comprehensive clinical information solutions to hospitals and other healthcare enterprises. Organizations seeking excellent products backed by highly motivated and committed support have chosen Meta for the best solutions at reasonable costs. For more information, contact Meta at (800) 768-1920.

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