Sentara RMH Medical Center Transitions to XR2 Automated Central Pharmacy System to Improve Safety and Efficiency

Sentara RMH Medical Center is a 238-bed community hospital in Harrisonburg, Virginia that provides cardiac, oncology, orthopedic, and mother-baby services, among others. For the past 18 years the hospital had been successfully using central pharmacy robotics for medication cartfill, and they recently decided to transition to the new Omnicell® XR2 Automated Central Pharmacy System.

Creating Safer Processes

Sentara’s main objectives in moving to the XR2 was to increase safety and efficiency. “The more we move away from manual picking of medications, the safer our processes will be,” said Jamin Engel, Pharmacy Manager, Sentara RMH Medical Center. The XR2 Automated Central Pharmacy System introduces a more fully automated approach to medication inventory management. With fewer touchpoints, XR2 helps free the pharmacy for clinically focused initiatives. To date, Sentara has achieved 20% faster inventory turnover with the XR2.

Accommodates More Types of Medication Form Factors

The Sentara team is pleased that they do not need to micromanage the XR2—it can pick most medications robotically, reducing verification burdens on pharmacists. In fact, larger products that could not be accommodated by the previous robot—such as nebulizers, inhalers, and creams— can be managed through the XR2. In Sentara’s central fill model, 80% of products they distribute in the hospital come from a main pharmacy, and of those 99% are going through the XR2. Now with improved efficiency, the staff is able to spend more time on value-added activities—a key aim of the autonomous pharmacy. 

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