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Deceptive advertising from Unsummit blog post

10/27/2009
I happen to notice this paragraph in a mailing for the unSummit.  Is it only me that finds this deceptive at best?

 

It’s Time to Master the Art of Barcoding

“With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act earmarking billions of dollars for healthcare information technology adoption, the phrase meaningful use is echoing through hospital hallways across the country. Federal funding and looming penalties provide added incentives to the already urgent need for hospitals to adopt meaningful-use of automated-medication administration technology. Will your hospital be ready by 2013?”

My point is that Barcoding is NOT mentioned nor required for meaningful use.  The wording from the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT is “Conduct closed loop medication management, including eMAR and Computer-assisted administration”. (2013)”   While this might include bar code medication administration (BCMA) but I do not read into this that it must.  The studies on BCMA fall way short of best practice, IMHO.

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