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December 08, 2008

Omnicell 14.0 Automated System Software Advances Anesthesia Medication Management

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ORLANDO, Fla., Dec 08, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ --

ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition -- Omnicell, Inc. (Nasdaq: OMCL), a leading provider of system solutions to acute healthcare facilities, today announced improved anesthesia medication management features in Omnicell's newly released 14.0 automated medication system software.

"My Items," a compelling feature requested by anesthesia providers and designed into Omnicell 14.0 automated system software is ideal for use with Omnicell anesthesia workstations. This feature addresses the unique medication workflows and storage requirements for anesthesia providers and facilitates hospital compliance with rigorous patient safety guidelines. The added flexibility of Omnicell 14.0 system software with the "My Items" feature enables hospitals to decrease surgical case turnaround time by expediting the secure preparation of medications.

"The 'My Items' feature on the Omnicell anesthesia workstations will give our anesthesiologists the flexibility they need in an operating room environment," said Marc Summerfield, M.S., Director of Pharmacy, University of Maryland Medical Center. "The goal is to enable our anesthesiologists to optimize convenience and timeliness without compromising safety and quality care, even in the most stressful, intense situations, for example, in our Shock Trauma O.R.s."

The anesthesia workstation supported by Omnicell 14.0 software maintains low inventory levels and maximizes charge capture. Anesthesia providers gain the convenience of having medications and supplies reliably stocked in each O.R. suite, significantly reducing mid-case calls and trips to the Pharmacy.

"Medication use in the operating room is distinct from the rest of the hospital. The 'My Items' feature delivers the flexibility preferred by anesthesia providers while supporting their focus on patient care," said Kathryn Sullivan, product manager, Omnicell. "Meanwhile, the Pharmacy can continue to monitor regulatory compliance and will gain from increased revenue capture and reduced discrepancies."

For a complete demonstration of the "My Items" feature and the new Omnicell 14.0 automated medication system software, please stop by Omnicell booth #2135 at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in Orlando Florida, December 7-11, 2008 at the Orange County Convention Center. A University of Maryland Medical Center representative will be on hand Monday and Tuesday to speak to the benefits of the anesthesia workstation.

About Omnicell

Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ: OMCL) is a leading provider of systems targeting patient safety and operational efficiency in healthcare facilities. Since 1992, Omnicell has worked to enhance patient safety and allow clinicians to spend more time with their patients.

Omnicell's medication-use product line includes solutions for the central pharmacy, nursing unit, OR, and patient bedside. Solutions range from complete automation systems for the central pharmacy to nursing unit and bedside dispensing cabinet systems. From the point at which a medication arrives at the receiving dock to the time it is administered, Omnicell systems store it, package it, bar code it, order it, issue it, and provide information and controls on its use and reorder.

Our supply product lines provide a healthcare institution with fast, effective control of costs, capture of charges for payer reimbursement, and timely reorder of supplies. Products range from high-security closed-cabinet systems and software to open-shelf and combination solutions in the nursing unit, cath lab and operating room. For more information, visit


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