Story last updated at 9/30/2009 - 11:33 am
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan General Hospital has implemented a new technology system that will enhance patient safety.
The new technology, Barcode Medication Administration, electronically compares the patient's identity and medication information and alerts the nurse of any potential discrepancies or mismatches prior to administration of those medications. Barcode Medication Administration has been demonstrated nationally to prevent medication errors in the hospital using scanner technology.
Ketchikan General Hospital is the first hospital in Alaska to implement this important patient safety advancement.
Ketchikan General Hospital is part of PeaceHealth, a not-for-profit health care system with medical centers and clinics in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. PeaceHealth began implementing electronic records in 1996 and is in the top 5 or 6 percent nationally in terms of deployment of health information technology.