Singapore National University Hospital Installs Omnicell Medication Dispensing Systems

First to install end-to-end automated system

April 29, 2009

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.

Omnicell, Inc., (NASDAQ:OMCL) a leading provider of system solutions to acute healthcare facilities, today announced that National University Hospital, a leading healthcare provider in Singapore, has selected Omnicell product lines as the sole solution for automated medication dispensing cabinets in a hospital-wide implementation.

A member of the National University Health System (NUHS), National University Hospital became the first hospital in Asia Pacific to install a closed-loop medication management system to enhance patient safety and increase operational efficiency in its in-patient wards. Under the agreement, National Healthcare Group’s (NHG) Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore will also install OmniRx™ systems at a future date. All systems are being supplied by Omni-Comm Pte Ltd., the Omnicell distributor in Singapore.

“Our main goal with this project was to improve patient safety and enhance workflow efficiency for doctors, nurses and pharmacists,” said project leader Wu Tuck Seng, deputy director, Department of Pharmacy, National University Hospital. “The automated medication dispensing cabinet system will assist in getting the right medication to the right patient and free up our staff to focus on patient-centric activities.”

The automated medication dispensing systems were implemented in National University Hospital’s first ward on February 4, 2009, and have since been introduced in seven wards. The full implementation, across 38 wards, is targeted for completion by the third quarter of this year. 

“The adoption of medication automation by NUHS and NHG in Singapore is a demonstration of the momentum Omnicell is experiencing in new markets,” said Randall A. Lipps, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Omnicell.  “It is gratifying to see our vision of enhancing patient safety and operational efficiency in healthcare being embraced on a global basis.”

About Omnicell

Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ: OMCL) is a leading provider of systems targeting patient safety and operational efficiency in healthcare facilities. Since 1992, Omnicell has worked to enhance patient safety and allow clinicians to spend more time with their patients.

Omnicell's medication-use product line includes solutions for the central pharmacy, nursing unit, operating room, and patient bedside. Solutions range from complete automation systems for the central pharmacy to nursing unit and bedside dispensing cabinet systems. From the point at which a medication arrives at the receiving dock to the time it is administered, Omnicell systems store it, package it, bar code it, order it, issue it, and provide information and controls on its use and reorder.

Our supply product lines provide a healthcare institution with fast, effective control of costs, capture of charges for payer reimbursement, and timely reorder of supplies. Products range from high-security closed-cabinet systems and software to open-shelf and combination solutions in the nursing unit, cath lab and operating room.