Smiths Medical Successfully Deploys Bi-Directional Interoperability with Epic at University Health System

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ourpassionyourlife–Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, announced today that University Health System (UHS) in San Antonio, Texas has gone live with the PharmGuard® Infusion Management Software System with Bi-Directional Interoperability with Epic.

Smart pump programming will allow Medfusion® 4000 pumps at UHS to be programmed with a few simple steps. The provider places the order, pharmacy verifies, and then the nurse sends program parameters to the pump to review and start the infusion. Interoperability can eliminate 75% of infusion-related medication errors.1 Data from the Medfusion pump flows back into Epic supporting Auto Documentation, thereby assisting UHS clinicians in their speed and accuracy of medication documentation.1

Smart pump programming and Auto Documentation are supported by Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), an initiative by healthcare professionals and industry to improve the way computer systems in healthcare share information. IHE promotes the coordinated use of established standards such as DICOM and HL7 to address specific clinical needs in support of optimal patient care. Effective interoperability and efficient workflows are possible by using IHE defined integration profiles that use established data standards for system integration.2

About Smiths Medical

A leading supplier of specialized medical devices and equipment for global markets, focusing on the medication delivery, vital care and safety devices market segments. For more information, visit

About Smiths Group

A global technology company that has been operating for nearly 170 years, delivering products and services for the medical technology, security & defence, general industrial, energy and space & commercial aerospace markets worldwide. Smiths Group plc employs c. 23,000 colleagues in over 50 countries and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information visit


  1. ECRI Institute, Infusion pump integration; why it is needed and what are the challenges? Health Devices, July 2013, 42(7):210-221.
  2. IHE Patient Care Device User Handbook, IHE International, Inc., 2018 Edition, April 12, 2018.

Epic is a registered trademark of Epic Systems Corporation.


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