Comparative analytics of infusion pump data across multiple hospital systems

By Ann Christine Catlin1, Bill Malloy2, Karen Arthur2, Cindy Gaston2, Jim Young2, Sudheera Ruwanthaka Fernando1, Ruchith Fernando1

1. Researcher 2. Pharmacist

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Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2015; 72:317-24 DOI 10.2146/ajhp140424

Purpose. A Web-based analytics system for conducting inhouse evaluations and cross-facility comparisons of alert data generated by smart infusion pumps is described.

Summary. The Infusion Pump Informatics (IPI) project, a collaborative effort led by research scientists at Purdue University, was launched in 2009 to provide advanced analytics and tools for workflow analyses to assist hospitals in determining the significance of smart-pump alerts and reducing nuisance alerts. The IPI system allows facility-specific analyses of alert patterns and trends, as well as cross-facility comparisons of alert data uploaded by more than 55 participating institutions using different types of smart pumps. Tools accessible through the IPI portal include (1) charts displaying aggregated or breakout data on the top drugs associated with alerts, numbers of alerts per device or care area, and override-to-alert ratios, (2) investigative reports that can be used to characterize and analyze pump-programming errors in a variety of ways (e.g., by drug, by infusion type, by time of day), and (3) “drill-down” workflow analytics enabling users to evaluate alert patterns—both internally and in relation to patterns at other hospitals—in a quick and efficient stepwise fashion.

Conclusion. The formation of the IPI analytics system to support a community of hospitals has been successful in providing sophisticated tools for member facilities to review, investigate, and efficiently analyze smart-pump alert data, not only within a member facility but also across other member facilities, to further enhance smart pump drug library design.


ANN CHRISTINE CATLIN, M.SC., is Senior Research Scientist, Rosen Center for Advanced Computing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.  WILLIAM X. MALLOY, M.S., PHARM.D., BCPS, is Clinical Coordinator, Pharmacy; and KAREN J. ARTHUR, PHARM.D., BCPS, is Medication Safety Program Manager, Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN. CINDY GASTON, PHARM.D., BCPS, is Medication Use Policy Analyst, University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, Madison. JAMES YOUNG, PHARM.D., CPHQ, is Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement Pharmacist, Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis. SUDHEERA FERNANDO, B.S., is Senior Software Engineer, Rosen Center for Advanced Computing; and RUCHITH FERNANDO, PH.D., is a graduate from the computer sciences department at Purdue University.
The guidance and support of all members of the IPI community are gratefully acknowledged.