G4 Unity platform connects G4 solutions with a single medication database to manage medication administration throughout the healthcare enterprise
December 03, 2012
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.
Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMCL), a leading provider of medication and supply management solutions and analytics software for healthcare facilities, today announced its Omnicell G4 Unity platform at the American Society for Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV.
The G4 Unity platform features a single, shared medication database that connects all G4 Unity solutions to enable complete medication and supply tracking from the controlled substance vault to medication and supply cabinets, the OR and to the bedside. The unified database also helps to eliminate redundant data entry that can lead to errors. The platform is powered by the enterprise-class OmniCenter® server, which centrally manages Omnicell medication and supply dispensing systems and now stores up to seven years of data, enabling quick retrieval and analysis of extended historical information. The ability to store seven years of data is a critical and growing compliance factor in several U.S. states. G4 Unity solutions leverage robust software, computing power and hardware from Microsoft, Intel and Dell. The consistent look and feel of the G4 Unity solution user interface simplifies workflow tasks for busy healthcare providers.
The G4 Unity platform offers capabilities that enhance the user experience, and provides a foundation for ongoing innovations to keep pace with changing regulatory and workflow requirements. In addition, the G4 Unity solutions allow hospitals to connect to electronic health records and other healthcare information systems to improve functionality and simplify system administration.
Omnicell will introduce a number of product enrichments at ASHP. Among these new enhancements is the latest release of Omnicell’s Controlled Substance Management System (CSM) which provides electronic facility-wide ordering of controlled substances from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Controlled Substance Ordering System and wholesalers based on established par and reorder points. The automated receiving process improves the accuracy of medication costs and drug information introduced into the system. The robust ordering and receiving functionality streamlines controlled substance inventory demands to a single purchasing platform, providing a system-wide view of inventory usage and medication expenditures.
Omnicell will also demonstrate the latest release of Anywhere RN™ remote medication management software. Anywhere RN provides clinicians unmatched, state-of-the-art functionality. For example, in direct response to customer input, the latest version features enhanced privacy for patient data and more flexible options including the ability to configure remote wasting.
With the new software release, Omnicell has also enhanced the existing medication and supply dispensing technology for the long-term non-acute care market by adding the ability to support multiple time zones from a single server. This allows users such as institutional pharmacies to streamline operations, reduce costs and simplify reporting.
Following the acquisition of MTS Medication Technologies in May 2012, representatives from Omnicell’s MTS Medication Technologies division will be present in the Omnicell booth to discuss the latest enhancements for non-acute care applications.
“Omnicell has a long history of delivering meaningful innovations. In the past 20 years, we have provided our customers with 17 major system upgrades,” said Marga Ortigas-Wedekind, Omnicell vice president, global marketing and product development. “Our new G4 Unity platform delivers a host of benefits that optimize clinicians’ time and help ensure a consistent experience across all Omnicell Unity Products. For example, the G4 Unity platform’s single medication database streamlines data entry, minimizes system maintenance and IT involvement, and centralizes updates to patient information. Omnicell is committed to providing ongoing product enhancements that allow our customers to improve the standard of care.”
In addition to the shared medication database, the G4 Unity platform includes many Omnicell innovations that allow frontline caregivers to:
- More easily comply with Joint Commission requirements with the integrated Medication Label Printer
- Save time and increase patient safety by managing virtually all patient medications within the ADCs with SinglePointe™ patient medication management software
- Eliminate the need for time-consuming countbacks with the OmniDispenser™ single-dose dispensing module
- Reduce trips to the ADCs and shorten medication administration time with the Savvy™ mobile medication system
- Improve medication security in the operating room without giving up convenient access to medications and supplies with the Anesthesia Workstation™.
- Gain focused insights for improving medication and supply management, and detecting diversion with Pandora® analytics.
At ASHP, Omnicell representatives will also be on hand to discuss the recently announced alignment between Cerner and Omnicell and the positive impacts this alignment will have for shared customers. The agreement between the two companies is focused on interoperability between Cerner® and Omnicell® solutions using the Cerner CareAware iBus™. This relationship was formed to decrease implementation costs, time, and maintenance for shared clients, while providing new clinical workflows to enhance efficiency and patient safety in hospital settings.
Visit Omnicell at ASHP 2012 in booth #1631.
For over 20 years the mission of Omnicell (NASDAQ: OMCL) has been creating new efficiencies to improve patient care, anywhere it is delivered. Omnicell is a leading supplier of comprehensive automation and business analytics software solutions for patient-centric medication and supply management across the entire healthcare continuum, from the acute care hospital setting to post-acute skilled nursing and long-term care facilities to the home.
Since 1992, more than 2,600 Acute Care customers worldwide have utilized Omnicell’s medication automation, supply chain and analytics solutions to increase operational efficiency, reduce errors, deliver actionable intelligence and improve patient safety. Omnicell Non-Acute Care solutions, including its MTS Medication Technologies brand, provide innovative medication adherence packaging solutions that can reduce costly hospital readmissions and enable approximately 6,000 institutional and retail pharmacies worldwide to maintain high accuracy and quality standards in medication dispensing and administration while optimizing productivity and controlling costs.