New Technology Will Span from Central Pharmacy to Hospital Floors and Operating Rooms
April 25, 2017
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.
Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ: OMCL) today announced that Minneapolis-based North Memorial Health has selected the Company’s broad range of medication management and analytics offerings to enhance medication safety at North Memorial Health Hospital and Maple Grove Hospital. This partnership reinforces the health system’s commitment to patient safety and enables each hospital to more efficiently manage medications.
According to the World Health Organization, medication errors impact approximately 1.3 million people annually in the United States alone.1 When implemented correctly, automated dispensing technology can make a profound impact on helping reduce these errors and supporting a safer hospital environment. North Memorial had multiple departments—including nursing, anesthesia, and pharmacy—evaluate current technology to select a partner that would help them drive excellent patient care while reducing the opportunity for error.
“At North Memorial Health, our customers are always our chief priority, and we recognize that supporting our team members with the right tools allows them to deliver the best care possible,” said Mike Waldt, PharmD, MS, pharmacy operations manager at North Memorial Health Hospital. “As we reaffirm our commitment to improving care for our customers, we look forward to the efficiencies Omnicell solutions will help us achieve. Automating certain aspects of our medication management processes will save time on administrative tasks and ultimately help our frontline teams spend more time with customers.”
North Memorial Health is implementing Omnicell solutions across its facilities. In the central pharmacy, Omnicell’s automated carousels and controlled substance management system are designed to simplify the process of medication distribution. On the general hospital floors, North Memorial Health will use the Omnicell XT Automated Dispensing System with Anywhere RN™, a system that enables nurses to perform cabinet functions remotely. Interoperability between the XT cabinets and the hospitals’ Epic electronic health record will further streamline workflow for nurses. In the operating room, the XT Anesthesia Workstation™ is designed to increase controlled substance security. Integrated across the solution, Omnicell Analytics will give North Memorial Health insights into potential drug diversion activity.
“We are proud to partner with North Memorial Health and support their efforts to reduce preventable medication errors in their facilities,” said J. Christopher Drew, president, North American Automation and Analytics at Omnicell. “The decision to simplify the medication management process through our integrated portfolio creates cohesion within their system that will ultimately reflect in the quality of care they deliver.”
About North Memorial Health
At North Memorial Health, we are on a mission to change healthcare. We’re delivering unmatched customer service and empowering our customers throughout the Twin Cities to achieve their best health. North Memorial Health offers a complete spectrum of primary care and specialty services to meet customer’s unique healthcare needs. North Memorial Health provides access to the high-quality, low-cost care throughout the Twin Cities through its 41+ specialty and primary care clinics, home care offering, medical transportation services and two hospitals – North Memorial Health Hospital and Maple Grove Hospital – and 900+ doctors and 5,000+ team members that are dedicated to delivering a more connected experience for our customers. Learn more at www.northmemorial.com.
1 World Health Organization. WHO Launches Global Effort to Halve Medication-Related Errors in 5 Years. April 13, 2017.