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March 04, 2013

Omnicell to Demonstrate Seamless Interoperability with Diverse Technologies at HIMSS 2013

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMCL), a leading provider of medication and supply management solutions and analytics software for healthcare facilities, will demonstrate the interoperability of its automated dispensing systems with an array of other medical systems in the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase at the 2013 HIMSS Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. Omnicell has also been selected to participate in the Intelligent Hospital™ Pavilion, which provides a practical overview of how diverse technologies, including medical devices and systems, can interoperate to improve patient care.


Omnicell will also showcase its G4 Unity platform at HIMSS booth 8141, including the debut of an enhanced version of its Controlled Substance Management System (CSM), which supports healthcare facilities requiring inventory accountability of medications stored on open shelving within secured vault environments. The CSM system also supports the management of controlled substances in secured dispensing cabinets and refrigerators.

CSM extends medication accountability beyond the loading dock by providing automated, electronic ordering to medication distributors and the Drug Enforcement Administration's Controlled Substance Ordering System (CSOS). The agnostic CSM ordering system gives users the freedom to change distribution vendors and helps to reduce the time spent on the medication ordering process. An independent study showed use of CSM reduced time spent preparing distributor orders by up to 83 percent and reduced time spent preparing CSOS orders for issue by up to 90 percent.1 

For the third consecutive year, Omnicell will participate in the HIMSS 2013 Interoperability Showcase. Attendees will see a demonstration of the interoperability of Omnicell's automated dispensing systems with an array of other medical systems in an Intensive Care Unit scenario highlighting the coordination of patient care as evidenced by the movement of patient data across the hospital.

Attendees will also be able to view Omnicell's pharmacy solutions in the Intelligent Hospital™ Pavilion. Omnicell will be part of the Pharmacy Room of the Pavilion where visitors will see an educational exhibit about the use of diverse technologies in today's clinical environment. Omnicell will display its medication automation products for central pharmacy, including the Controlled Substance Management System, which is part of the G4 Unity platform.

The G4 Unity platform features a single, shared medication database that connects all Omnicell G4 Unity solutions, enabling complete medication and supply tracking from the controlled substance vault, to medication and supply cabinets, to the OR and to the bedside. The unified database also helps to eliminate redundant data entry that can lead to errors.

"We continue to develop solutions to improve patient outcomes and enhance clinical efficiency, and our partnerships with other leading technology innovators are an integral part of our interoperability strategy," said Marga Ortigas-Wedekind, Omnicell executive vice president, global marketing and product development. "HIMSS attendees will have many opportunities to see the integration of Omnicell solutions with other medical devices, each demonstrating our commitment to provide maximum interoperability for healthcare facilities."

Omnicell experts will be available to discuss the company's work with partners in developing interoperable solutions to deliver safer, more efficient patient care. Omnicell has an alliance with Cerner that connects the Omnicell® G4 Unity platform of products with the Cerner  Millennium® EHR via the Cerner CareAware iBus.

Omnicell has also developed an interoperable solution with Siemens to provide closed-loop medication management. Linking data about medications issued from the Omnicell automated dispensing cabinet with medication administration records in the Siemens Med Administration Check™ system can streamline medication dose accounting activities for pharmacy and nursing.

Omnicell has also been working with Epic on implementation of interoperability best practices, joint interface testing and validation, and development of improved medication workflows — toward the goal of an enhanced user experience. An Omnicell-Epic Interoperability Guide, a jointly-developed best practice guide to set up and configure Omnicell pharmacy automation with Epic, is now available for shared customers.

In addition to its other HIMSS activities, Omnicell will have Chad Benfield, IT Director at Neil Medical Group, Kinston, NC, in the Omnicell booth on Monday, March 4 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM to discuss his experience with Omnicell's new Cloud Connect solution.  Omnicell Cloud Connect is designed to allow customers the ability to manage Omnicell medication and supply dispensing cabinets as well as open supply stations that currently reside outside of the hospital wide area network (WAN). This feature can benefit customers such as integrated delivery networks (IDNs) that operate physician offices, long-term care facilities and institutional pharmacies, including those that reside in different time zones.

Omnicell G4 Unity solutions will also be featured in other healthcare technology vendors' HIMSS booths, including the Motorola booth #6013, which will display the Savvy™ mobile medication workstation using Motorola's OEM technology. Savvy is designed to reduce trips to the automated dispensing cabinets and shorten medication administration time, allowing nurses to focus on their clinical tasks. The Omnicell Anesthesia Workstation, which runs on the Windows Embedded Standard platform, will be demonstrated in the Microsoft booth #1127.

Visit Omnicell at HIMSS 2013 in booth #8141

  1. CSM 17.0 Evaluation Site, Methodist LeBonheur Germantown, Germantown, TN, 2012.

About Omnicell

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.

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