St. Luke’s University Health Network Selects Omnicell to Enhance Efficiency and Safety in Medication Management

Extension of Partnership Leverages Automation to Support Central Pharmacy Operations and Patient Care Initiatives

May 08, 2019

Mountain View, California

Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ: OMCL), a leading provider of medication management and supply chain solutions for health systems, today announced that St. Luke’s University Health Network, a non-profit, regional, fully integrated, nationally recognized network providing services at 10 hospitals and more than 315 sites in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey, has awarded the Company a five-year sole source contract to provide automation solutions that will support medication management across the health system.

St. Luke’s will leverage Omnicell’s industry-leading medication management platform to enhance control, efficiency and safety of its medication management processes, including advanced technologies to automate dispensing and storage in Central Pharmacy, sterile compounding automation, and medication dispensing cabinets in patient care areas. Automating manual, error-prone workflows will help to streamline medication management and free up staff for more clinically focused activities. 

According to the American Pharmacist Association (APhA), positive interaction with hospital pharmacists can significantly impact patient satisfaction survey scores.1 Pharmacists can play a key role in positively affecting patient outcomes with various clinical programs such as medication reconciliation, discharge management, and opioid stewardship. 

“Automation offers many benefits, including increased safety, efficiency, and cost savings,” said Patrick Ferguson, RPh, MBA, network director of pharmacy services at St. Luke’s University Health Network. “Automation also shifts the focus of our pharmacy staff from logistical tasks to a more active role in patient care, improving job satisfaction and supporting our commitment to patient-centered care.”

St. Luke’s was recently a development partner for the Omnicell® XR2 Automated Central Pharmacy System, a robotic technology solution designed to automate critical workflows in the Central Pharmacy. With high capacity and formulary coverage, significant efficiency improvements, and more accurate management of inventory levels, XR2 is a key technological step in Omnicell’s vision to develop a fully automated medication management infrastructure, known as Autonomous Pharmacy.

“St. Luke’s understands the role automation plays in elevating pharmacy practice,” said Scott Seidelmann, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Omnicell. “The extension of our partnership through this agreement will help them to enhance medication management across the continuum of care, while improving efficiency and job satisfaction for their staff.” 

About St. Luke’s University Health Network 

St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a non-profit, regional, fully integrated, nationally recognized network providing services at ten hospitals and more than 315 sites in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.

[1] Erickson, A. K. (2013, October 11). “Survey says: Pharmacists affect patient satisfaction.” Retrieved January 08, 2018 from https://www.pharmacist.com/survey-says-pharmacists-affect-patient-satisfaction