Improving patient safety by enhancing the medication delivery and administration process into a seamless system that is integrated into the electronic

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-09-C-0063
Agency Tracking Number: O083-H13-3056
Amount: $1,250,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-H13
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Vecna Technologies Inc.
6404 Ivy Lane, Suite 500, Greenbelt, MD, 20770
DUNS: 094078958
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alvin Ramsey
 Senior Researcher
 (703) 998-5333
 aramsey@vecna.com
Business Contact
 Michael Bearman
Title: Vice President
Phone: (240) 965-4500
Email: mbearman@vecna.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Phase I efforts were focused on establishing the groundwork for a production-quality medication management system that can be deployed in a clinical setting. Phase II will build upon the Phase I results for the design, development, and deployment of a beta system. The technical objectives for the Phase II research are the following capabilities: (1) Interoperable Framework: Many of the existing vendors offer proprietary and closed clinical information systems which may include some level of data integration with other systems through either unidirectional or bidirectional messaging capabilities. The foundation of the QC-MM system is on interoperability and will be based on open standards and open-source solutions from the ground up. (2) Automation: The key to minimizing errors for a given process is to reduce or eliminate steps that are susceptible to human errors, which can be achieved by replacing them with automated steps. (3) Mobility: The new technology for medication administration needs to inherently be a mobile solution. When new technology is introduced to an existing process, oftentimes the process must conform to adopt the new technology, but the modular nature of QC-MM would allow the solution to conform to the existing process, thus increasing the likelihood of a successful adoption.

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