Beaumont Health System receives 2012 Transformational Leadership Award for medication barcoding implementation: A system wide safety initiative to implement barcoding to administer medication at Beaumont Health System helped to prevent a total of 23,500 potential drug errors from December 2011 through July 2012. The ambitious project led by Beaumont’s IT department was recognized with the 2012 Transformational Leadership Award, sponsored by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the American Hospital Association. Using a phased-in approach, leaders of Beaumont’s IT, Nursing, Pharmacy and Quality Departments worked together to roll-out the medication barcoding implementation — from scanning incoming pharmaceutical products to training nursing staff. They began with Beaumont’s 250-bed community hospital in Grosse Pointe, followed by its 406-bed hospital in Troy and lastly at Beaumont’s 1,070-bed flagship hospital in Royal Oak. Now each Beaumont patient has a unique bar code that only exists on their wristband, which helps to protect the integrity of the positive patient identification and medication barcode process. The system also alerts the nurse if the medication order is expired, discontinued, or if it’s the wrong medication or the wrong patient. The Transformational Leadership Award was created to acknowledge outstanding transformational leadership using IT in health care. Presented jointly to both the CIO and CEO, the award recognizes an organization that has excelled in developing and deploying information technology that improves the delivery of care and streamlines administrative services. For more information about the CHIME-AHA Transformational Leadership Award, visit http://www.cio-chime.org/scholarshipandrecognition/LeadershipAward.asp.