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Please click on the Pharmacy Practice News logo below for a complete story on the utilization and success of the BridgeMedical Point of Care systems and the AU MEDS Medication Error Detection System working side by side at the Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


Dr. Kenneth Barker Awarded Honorary Membership in ASHP

The Board of Directors of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists will recognize Dr. Kenneth Barker of Auburn University at its midyear meeting in Las Vegas as an Honorary Member.  The award will be given to Dr. Barker at the Opening General Session December 5th.  The following evening, he will address the officers of the ASHP at a dinner where he will be the honored guest.  Dr. Barker is being recognized for his long and distinguished career as a leader in medication safety.  AU MEDS® was developed by Dr. Barker and his colleagues at Auburn University.


Leading Pediatric Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Installs AU MEDS

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the leading pediatric hospitals in the U.S., installed AU MEDS in September.  The hospital received a 3-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study the efficacy of technology the hospital plans to adopt over that period.  AU MEDS was identified as essential to the hospital’s need to record data of the highest caliber quantifying the degree to which the new technology is effective.  Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been ranked No. 6 among America’s Top 10 children’s hospitals by Child magazine.


AU MEDS’ Dr. Flynn Appointed to Institute of Medicine Committee

Dr. Elizabeth Flynn, a co-developer of AU MEDS, has been appointed to a blue ribbon panel convened by the Institute of Medicine to study medication errors.  The U.S. Congress mandated that the committee “carry out a comprehensive study of drug safety and quality issues in order to provide a blueprint for system-wide change.”  The multidisciplinary panel includes nationally recognized healthcare leaders from across the country, such as Dr. David Bates from Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston and Dr. Albert Wu from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and meets to discuss a wide-ranging variety of topics germane to medication safety.


LGH receives ‘Best Practice’ Award from ASHP

Lancaster General Hospital (LGH), recognized as one of the nation’s best 100 hospitals, has received the ‘Best Practice’ award from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  Research conducted at LGH verified that the hospital has reduced medication administration errors by more than 54% since installing AU MEDS and bedside barcode scanning in 2003.  Nurse leaders at LGH are adamant that AU MEDS’ direct observation tool provides information essential to identifying medication errors not caught by bedside barcode scanning.



MedAccuracy™ and Auburn University work together to improve patient safety with AU MEDS®, a medication error detection system, developed by Dr. Kenneth Barker and his colleagues at Auburn.  MedAccuracy has the exclusive, perpetual, worldwide license to AU MEDS and distributes the system to hospitals and other inpatient facilities


MedAccuracy is a Kansas City based company that is dedicated to providing solutions and systems that increase patient safety, detect medication errors and reduce related healthcare costs.  MedAccuracy is the exclusive provider of AU MEDS and BenchMed.  The AU MEDS system is considered the Gold Standard for medication error detection, reporting and tracking systems.



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