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New real-time interfaces help inventory management for hospitals

Four Rivers Software Systems : 13 March, 2008  (New Product)
Four Rivers Software Systems and ECRI Institute have announced the availability of new real-time interfaces for their inventory management and hazard and recall alert applications.
The new integration offers hospitals new interfaces between:

* Four Rivers' TMS and ECRI Institute's Universal Medical Device Nomenclature System (UMDNS), Health Devices International Sourcebase manufacturer codes, and Alerts Tracker, a web-based, automated Patient safety system for alert and recall management that offers efficient inventory management and more effective response to alerts and recalls.

* Four Rivers' TMS and ECRI Institute's UMDNS and Sourcebase manufacturer codes-for easier, faster and more accurate capital equipment inventory control.

For healthcare facilities using both Alerts Tracker and TMS, the new interface simplifies the process of effectively responding to hazard and recall alerts. The interface allows users to quickly determine whether equipment involved in a hazard or recall alert is in their inventories and provides the necessary steps required to respond to an alert.

'Because these two products can now be integrated, users are able to look up ECRI Institute codes from within TMS via a real-time link to ECRI Institute's web data,' said James P Keller, vice president, Health Technology Evaluation and Safety, ECRI Institute. 'Healthcare facility clinical engineers will save a tremendous amount of time managing equipment. And importantly, they can more effectively respond to hazard and recall alerts.'

Alerts Tracker utilises information from a number of sources, including ECRI Institute's problem reporting investigations and medical device and drug recall information gathered from its extensive databases and resources, as well as from the US Food and Drug Administration, manufacturers, and other sources. The alerts, hazards, and action items are then electronically distributed directly to appropriate staff.

Many healthcare organizations use TMS to manage capital equipment inventories, as well as to track and distribute the associated maintenance activities. With the new interface between TMS and ECRI Institute's UMDNS and Health Devices International Sourcebase, healthcare facilities can now seamlessly access medical device and manufacturer codes directly from the TMS application. Previously, existing TMS and ECRI Institute subscribers were required to work between two applications to locate, enter, and update their inventories.

'Healthcare facilities need to standardise on device, model, and manufacturer codes to enable the most efficient use of their TMS database,' said Henry Wilde, chairman and chief executive officer, Four Rivers Software Systems. 'Many of our customers have chosen ECRI Institute's Universal Medical Device Nomenclature System (UMDNS) and Sourcebase manufacturer codes for this purpose.'
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