SOURCE: IntelliDOT Corporation

August 18, 2008 10:01 ET

IntelliDOT Bedside Medication Administration™ Implemented at Halifax Regional Medical Center, NC

Integrates With MEDITECH HIS to Provide Added Level of Patient Safety

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - August 18, 2008) - IntelliDOT Corporation, a leading provider of wireless handheld, barcode point-of-care (BPOC) solutions to hospitals, today announced that Halifax Regional Medical Center, a 206-bed hospital in Roanoke Rapids, NC, has implemented IntelliDOT Bedside Medication Administration™ (IntelliDOT BMA™). Central to the implementation is integration with the hospital's existing MEDITECH Client/Server Healthcare Information System (HIS).

An integrated module of the IntelliDOT CAREt® System, IntelliDOT BMA is the first wireless, nurse-centric workflow manager to connect caregivers with the information systems they need at the point-of-care. Designed by nurses for nurses, IntelliDOT BMA eliminates medication errors by matching the correct patient with the correct medication and method of delivery at the bedside. The medication administration system connects with any HIS or Laboratory Information System (LIS) and, with other modules, can expand the bedside safety net to vital signs collection, laboratory specimen collection, mother-baby breast milk matching and blood product administration.

At Halifax Regional, IntelliDOT BMA communicates with the hospital's MEDITECH HIS through a Quovadx Cloverleaf interface engine. Admissions, discharges, transfers (ADTs) and Pharmacy Encoded Orders (RDEs) are passed from MEDITECH via an HL7 interface and are sent wirelessly to IntelliDOT handhelds carried by nurses. Medication administration is completed by nurses at bedside, which is then documented on the electronic medication administration record (eMAR). Halifax is currently using the IntelliDOT eMAR as part of its full patient documentation.

"We chose IntelliDOT's system because of its track record of high nurse adoption, ease of use and documentation compliance," said Robert Gordon, Director of Information Systems at Halifax Regional. "The ability to easily communicate with our existing MEDITECH system and the fact that nurse workarounds are far less likely with IntelliDOT really set the system apart. I haven't seen anything else on the market that has the ease of use and mobility of the IntelliDOT system."

"One of the strengths of the IntelliDOT system is that nurses can use it with just one hand," said Karen Daniels, Vice President of Nursing at Halifax Regional. "That's important for nurses because they're multi-tasking all day. It's wonderful to have a lightweight device that they can carry with them all the time."

The hospital was particularly impressed that all bedside medication administration functions could be completed using such a small handheld device in contrast to the more common large and cumbersome solutions commonly referred to as Computers on Wheels (COWs). For example, medication administration and key clinical information like vital signs are documented by the nurse using the CAREt handheld as part of the administration process, which saves time and effort. In contrast, with many other solutions, documentation is a separate step that has to be completed on a computer by the nurse after the medication has been administered.

"Patient safety is our priority and the safety features of the IntelliDOT system are more than we could ask for," Daniels said. "Our nurses feel safer and more confident that they are doing the right things for their patients."

"Because it has been designed by nurses for nurses, the IntelliDOT barcode point-of-care system has achieved the highest adoption rates in the industry, averaging over 95 percent for typical customers," said Thomas G. Klopack, President and CEO of IntelliDOT. "Combined with its small, light form factor, ability to be easily cleaned and disinfected, 12+ hour battery life and ability to communicate with any HIS, the IntelliDOT CAREt system truly represents the next generation of barcode point-of-care at the bedside."

About IntelliDOT® Corporation

IntelliDOT is a leading provider of wireless, handheld, barcode point-of-care (BPOC) solutions that connect to any healthcare information system to improve patient safety and nurse workflow. When using the IntelliDOT system, nurses can easily manage all tasks associated with five-rights medication administration safety checks and related documentation. Additional modules include specimen collection, blood product administration, mother/baby breast milk matching and vital signs collection. IntelliDOT was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in San Diego. More information can be found at www.intellidotcorp.com.

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties associated with market acceptance of the CAREt System, whether the company will be successful in raising additional funds, the risk that sales of the CAREt System will not increase to target levels, and the effectiveness and marketability of healthcare information technologies, as well as other risks.

IntelliDOT and CAREt are registered trademarks of IntelliDOT Corporation. Other product and company names in this news release are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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