Hyattsville, MD, July 2, 2014 - MedStar Union Memorial Hospital was recently selected as one of 11 hospitals to be awarded grant funding by the CareFusion Foundation as part of the Foundation’s second annual Clinical Excellence Grant Program. The MedStar program, led by Rohit Gulati, MD, MBA, assistant vice president of Medical Affairs at the Baltimore hospital, aims to increase outpatient medication adherence through a technological reminder system tightly coupled with in-person and phone-based reminders.
The grant program sought proposals for improving medication safety and efficiency, including reducing medication errors, improving clinician workflow, increasing pharmacy efficiency and driving medication use compliance. Through both its grant cycles, the CareFusion Foundation has awarded a total of $1 million to advancing healthcare best practices.
The innovative model being developed at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital will include an electronic pill box system with real time data transmission to a call center, along with generated phone reminders and visiting nurse education. “This grant will allow us to continue our research to see how we can lower readmissions and utilization by increasing medication compliance for patients who have that need. Just as we need gentle reminders about schedules and meetings in today’s busy world so do our patients who need reminders to take their medications on time as directed,” said Dr. Gulati.
“The proper management of medications—from the physician order to the pharmacy to the nursing station to the patient bedside--is a critical issue for healthcare institutions nationwide,” said Dr. Carlos Nunez, chief medical officer for CareFusion. “Working with these nonprofit partners to develop and share best practices for medication management will advance the field at large and help providers deliver safer, more cost-effective care.”
This year’s recipients will address interdepartmental and interfacility communication practices, patient intervention and reminder systems, medication reconciliation processes, and educational programs to improve medication adherence.
About MedStar Health Research Institute
The MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in the Maryland and Washington, DC regions. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the ten MedStar hospitals and other MedStar Health entities. Visit us at www.medstarresearch.org.
About The CareFusion Foundation
Established in 2009, the CareFusion Foundation exists to create and support opportunities to improve the safety and cost of health care for generations to come. The Foundation also supports nonprofit organizations that improve the wellness of communities where CareFusion employees live and work. More information may be found at www.carefusion.com.