SOURCE: IntelliDOT Corporation

December 18, 2008 11:38 ET

Mission Regional Medical Center Selects IntelliDOT as a Key Component of Its Bedside Patient Safety Initiative

IntelliDOT Phlebotomy Specimen Collection™ to Be Installed Q1 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - December 18, 2008) - IntelliDOT Corporation, a leading provider of wireless, handheld barcode point-of-care (BPOC) solutions to hospitals, today announced that Mission Regional Medical Center, Mission, Texas, has selected IntelliDOT to help eliminate phlebotomy specimen collection errors at the bedside. The non-profit, 297-bed medical center, which provides general hospital services to the people of the Rio Grande Valley, will begin installing IntelliDOT Phlebotomy Specimen Collection (IntelliDOT PSC™) in the first quarter of 2009.

The IntelliDOT System is a best-of-breed wireless, workflow manager that connects caregivers with the information systems they need at the point-of-care. Designed by clinicians for clinicians, IntelliDOT PSC reduces the risk of specimen collection errors while reducing turnaround time using a lightweight 8-ounce handheld device. The IntelliDOT System satisfies Joint Commission standards for patient identification, helps hospitals meet Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) requirements, and reduces pre-analytical errors that could lead to duplicate tests, misdiagnosis, unnecessary procedures or delays in treatment. The system can also be seamlessly integrated with IntelliDOT's medication safety solution and link to any host hospital information system with inbound interfaces to import admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) and laboratory order information, or outbound to populate the hospital's electronic medical records (EMR).

According to Laboratory Director Carlos Gonzalez, Mission Regional was looking for a way to increase efficiencies for its team of phlebotomists, especially for STAT! collections and redraws. Currently Mission Regional phlebotomists perform more than 16,000 specimen collections per month. However, the pre-printed label-based process has become increasingly challenging, especially since the hospital's overhead paging system was limited for Hospital Emergency Response Codes due to the Mission Regional Medical Center "Quiet Program."

"Currently, orders print out in the lab area. When a phlebotomist comes down from one of the floors they can get frustrated if there are orders waiting for patients that are on the floors they had just been on," said Gonzalez. "My biggest challenge or concern is how to get information to our phlebotomists that are already out collecting in the patient care areas."

With the IntelliDOT System, phlebotomists will receive STAT! alerts on the wireless IntelliDOT handheld device while still in the nursing unit, eliminating the need for repeated trips to the laboratory to pick up printed labels.

Another key issue for Mr. Gonzalez is whether phlebotomists are following the hospital and laboratory policies and procedures for identification and collection. "We have been concerned, but never had any real evidence or report that the National Patient Safety Goals (patient identifiers) were not being followed as outlined in our policies and procedure reviews," said Gonzalez. "I believe IntelliDOT will resolve this issue."

Mr. Gonzalez is also hopeful that IntelliDOT PSC will help with blood draws for transfusions. "We have a blood bank policy that our phlebotomists can only draw from the person that is having the transfusion. Once that has been completed, they must bring the specimen back down to the lab immediately to avoid any kind of mislabeling, even if the phlebotomist has other orders on that same floor. So we are hoping IntelliDOT will streamline this process and perhaps save 60-70 percent of someone's time," said Mr. Gonzalez.

"IntelliDOT PSC is the easiest, surest way to prevent lab specimen errors, which could otherwise result in incorrect or inaccurate results," said Dave Swenson, co-founder and chief clinical officer of IntelliDOT Corporation. "Hospitals using IntelliDOT PSC have found that the system helps reduce costs by eliminating repeat tests and unnecessary procedures, not to mention the physical and emotional stress on the patient. We are delighted that Mission Regional Medical Center has selected IntelliDOT."

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 system modules that run on the same handheld device include: IntelliDOT Phlebotomy Specimen Collection™, IntelliDOT Blood Product Administration™, IntelliDOT Mother-Baby Breast Milk Matching™, and IntelliDOT 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.

Contact Information