updated 4/28/2011 8:46:48 AM ET 2011-04-28T12:46:48

KANSAS CITY, Mo. and LAKE FOREST, Ill., April 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WellSpan Health, Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq:CERN) and Hospira (NYSE:HSP) are being honored today with the Collaboration Award as part of the 2011 Way-Paver Awards, presented at the 6th Annual unSUMMIT Conference for Bedside Bar Coding in Louisville, Ky. This is the first-ever Way-Paver Award to recognize outstanding collaborative efforts and results between a hospital, healthcare technology company and a global provider of clinical information and medication delivery technologies.

The Way-Paver Awards recognize individuals and organizations that have cleared the path and paved the way for a safer point of care in hospitals worldwide. Integrating with Hospira smart infusion pumps, Cerner launched the infusion management system at WellSpan Health's York Hospital Medical-Surgical ICU. This is the first I.V. clinical integration system in the world to accomplish true bidirectional communication, closing the loop on the infusion medication management process.

Powered by Cerner CareAware®device connectivity architecture, clinicians at WellSpan Health are able to automatically send data from Hospira's Symbiq™ smart infusion pumps utilizing the company's proprietary Hospira MedNet™ safety software to the Cerner Millennium® electronic health record (EHR), without needing a nurse or other staff member to transcribe titration data or volumes infused. Clinicians are now able to automatically program infusion pumps with patients' order information and aggregate real-time infusion and medical device data into the EHR. This information is available in an organized dashboard view that gives a summary of all relevant health information and enables caregivers to spend less time manually entering device data into the EHR and spend more time at the patient's bedside providing quality care.

"At one time, infusion pumps were totally separate from the electronic health record. This solution enables the pump and the EHR to communicate so that the staff can focus their time on taking care of people," said R. Hal Baker, M.D., vice president and chief information officer at WellSpan.

The implementation of the infusion-management technology at WellSpan Health, announced in December, has produced remarkable benefits, including:

  • 27 percent reduction in nursing time required to start a new infusion
  • 50 percent reduction in nursing time required to titrate an existing infusion and document it
  • One code blue witnessed took 5 minutes to document instead of the estimated 120 minutes it took prior
  • Integration with pump safety software resulted in prevention of an estimated 30 potential adverse drug events

WATCH how WellSpan Health is moving boundaries across all areas of their system with health information technology, and paving the way for unprecedented patient safety:

http://www.cerner.com/blog/wellspan_health_moving_boundaries/

About Cerner

Cerner is transforming healthcare by eliminating error, variance and waste for healthcare providers and consumers around the world. Cerner® solutions optimize processes for healthcare organizations ranging in size from single-doctor practices, to health systems, to entire countries, for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, employer health and wellness services industry and for the healthcare commerce system. These solutions are licensed by approximately 9,000 facilities around the world, including more than 2,600 hospitals; 3,500 physician practices covering more than 30,000 physicians; 500 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 800 home health facilities; and 1,600 retail pharmacies. The trademarks, service marks and logos (collectively, the "Marks") set forth herein are owned by Cerner Corporation and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and certain other countries throughout the world. Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, please visit www.cerner.com , Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube .

About WellSpan Health

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of two hospitals with a total of 653 licensed beds and more than 36,000 annual admissions. The system also includes more than 8,000 employees, 32 outpatient locations, five retail pharmacy sites, 62 primary care and specialty physician offices, a preferred provider organization and third party benefit administrator, home health & hospice services and two outpatient surgery centers. WellSpan is consistently recognized by SDI as one of the Top 100 Integrated Health Networks in the United States.

About Hospira

Hospira, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company dedicated to Advancing Wellness. As the world leader in specialty generic injectable pharmaceuticals, Hospira offers one of the broadest portfolios of generic acute-care and oncology injectables, as well as integrated infusion therapy and medication management solutions. Through its products, Hospira helps improve the safety, cost and productivity of patient care. The company is headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., and has more than 14,000 employees. Learn more at http://www.hospira.com.

CONTACT: Cerner Media Contact:
         Kelli Christman
         (816) 885-4342
         kelli.christman@cerner.com
         
         Cerner Investors Contact:
         Allan Kells
         (816) 201-2445
         akells@cerner.com
         
         WellSpan Media Contact:
         Barry Sparks
         (717) 851-3151
         bsparks@wellspan.org
         
         Hospira Media Contact:
         Tareta Adams
         (224) 212-2535
         
         Hospira Investor Contact:
         Karen King
         (224) 212-2711

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