Health System that Includes Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital Increases Patient Safety and Medication Security
October 27, 2016
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.
Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ: OMCL), a leading provider of medication and supply management solutions to healthcare systems, today announced that Wellforce has selected the Company’s medication management automation and analytics solutions to ensure medication security and safety at its hospitals. Wellforce, a health system founded in 2014 by Massachusetts-based Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital, is committed to innovation and leveraging new technologies to further improve patient safety while maintaining lower healthcare costs.
Automated medication management helps verify that the right patient receives the right medication at the right time, and it can also help keep hospital and patient costs down by reducing unaccounted for medications in the hospital. A recent study shows medication spending in hospitals increased by 23.4 percent annually from 2013 to 2015, making it more important than ever to ensure medications are secure in the inpatient setting.
Both hospitals will be updating their automated medication distribution systems in the patient care areas. The goal is to improve patient safety and streamline provider workflows in the medication administration process. The facilities will also be using Omnicell Analytics, a drug diversion analytics platform that uses prescribing and medication administration data to help proactively prevent and identify drug diversion in the hospital.
“As we work together to evaluate how new solutions and technologies will support our existing and future members of the Wellforce network, patient safety will always be our central focus,” said Brooke Hynes, Wellforce spokesperson. “By improving the security and safe handling of medications on our hospital floors and quickly identifying any issues, we are putting our patients first.”
“We are excited about the opportunity to support Wellforce’s commitment to providing excellent care at lower costs, and are inspired by the personalized level of care the system’s hospitals and physicians deliver to their patients,” said J. Christopher Drew, president, North American Automation and Analytics at Omnicell. “By leveraging the collaborative nature of a health system while focusing on their unique patient needs, these facilities have demonstrated that they are doing everything they can to provide the highest level of care.”