Hospira's Symbiq drug infusion pump could be accessed and controlled by hackers through a hospital's wireless network, according to a report from Kalorama Information.
New revisions to the Medicare Claims Processing manual are intended to clarify requirements for hospice providers operating in skilled nursing facilities, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced recently.
As healthcare reform is implemented, a heightened emphasis on cost-containment is putting pressure on all healthcare providers. As hospitals determine how to reduce readmission rates and shift care to lower-cost providers, the alternate site infusion therapy sector will become even more important as a post-discharge option for patients.
Hospira announced its Symbiq and LifeCare PCA infusion pumps have been ranked as the top devices in their categories in the KLAS publication, "Smart Pumps 2012: Wireless Technology and EMR Integration Report." Hospira also was recognized as the "early leader" in electronic medical record (EMR) integration with infusion pumps. The rankings are based on data from customer surveys of North American hospital and clinic executives, administrators, physicians, nurses, clinicians, and other directors and managers interacting with healthcare equipment and infrastructure solutions.