Omnicell to Unveil Latest Advancements to Its Medication Management Solution Portfolio in Automation, Intelligence, and Services at 2019 ASHP Midyear Meeting
New innovations and service capabilities are latest milestone in autonomous pharmacy roadmap designed to create a zero-error, fully automated medication management infrastructure
Autonomous pharmacy integrates a comprehensive set of solutions, powered by a cloud data platform, across three key areas: Automation - solutions designed to digitize and streamline workflows; Intelligence - that provides actionable insights to better understand medication usage and improve pharmacy supply chain management; and Expert Services - that serve as an extension of pharmacy operations to support improved efficiency, regulatory compliance, and patient outcomes.
“Every day, pharmacists and clinicians face significant challenges while trying to deliver quality patient care. At
“As pharmacy practice models shift away from drug distribution models and toward patient-centric models, pharmacists and nurses need to be equipped with the tools and resources to allow them to spend more time with patients,” said
Lack of connectivity and visibility across disparate systems limits understanding of, and opportunities for, using rich patient and inventory data to make more strategic business and clinical decisions. A 2018 survey reported that 98 percent of healthcare executives believe that automated patient experiences will transform the communication and delivery of care.3
Omnicell One, announced today and commercially available in 2020, is the next evolution of Omnicell’s Performance Center solution. This new technology-enabled service is designed to consolidate data across the automation layer, beginning with XT Automated Dispensing Cabinets. It creates greater insight into an organization’s medication and clinical needs, leveraging predictive and prescriptive analytics to recommend and deliver actionable workflow improvements through:
- Dashboards providing visibility to key inventory health metrics, including inventory spend and expired medication reduction opportunities, as well as indicators of potential diversion activity;
- Actionable insights from analytics and expert coaches to optimize medication spend and investigate possible diversion activity; and
- Advanced workflow tools that make optimization simple and automated.
Omnicell’s vast network of health system partnerships, encompassing nearly 50 percent of hospital pharmacies across
Today’s healthcare systems are challenged to leverage data and technology to optimize operations, improve clinical outcomes, and deliver a more consumer-centric healthcare experience. Yet, according to a study by the
- Gaining alignment on strategy, solutions, and expected outcomes through initial project discovery;
- Developing a customized program plan with clear scoping and milestones, and change management;
- Configuration, installation, and training, with benchmarking on progress against the success criteria and defined key performance indicators; and
- Go-live and transition to customer success, including establishing a support structure to maintain focus on performance and functionality post-implementation.
Medication logistics and inventory management are manual processes that require human touch and intervention at almost every stage in the medication management journey, creating the opportunity for error. It is estimated that health systems dispensing more than 5 million doses of medication will experience 25,000 errors annually. 6
The latest innovations in Omnicell’s portfolio of automation solutions, which complement integrated technologies in central pharmacy, point of care, and cloud-based infrastructure, support the next major step toward the
- Auto Packager, a new module for the XR2 Central Pharmacy Dispensing System that supports walk-away, unattended operation for cabinet or patient fill by up to three times the quantity, allowing staff to focus on other meaningful work, leading to immediate time savings and increased pharmacy tech satisfaction.
- An expanded global formulary for Central Pharmacy IV Compounding Service that features flexible formulations designed to address the rigidity in IV workflow systems by removing restrictions and optimizing workflow, allowing users to achieve automation of nearly 100 percent of all sterile compounding doses.
New ISMP Medication Character Search functionality for XT Automated Dispensing Cabinets that supports recent guidelines issued by the
Institute for Safe Medication Practicesthat recommend a five character search to ensure a unique drug name, supporting improved safety in medication dispensing at the point of care.
Population Health Solutions
- New voice services technology, available through the Omnicell Patient Engagement platform, provides easier patient access to their retail pharmacy. Designed with input from Giant Eagle Pharmacies, this new technology allows patients to refill prescriptions and set medication dose reminders through an effortless conversational dialogue with their voice services device.
- A new Opioid Solution module identifies pharmacy patients who are at high risk for opioid overdose and supports naloxone co-dispensing to improve patient safety.
1The Global Use of Medicine in 2019 and Outlook to 2023.
2Schneider PJ, Pedersen CA, Ganio MC, Scheckelhoff DJ. ASHP national survey of pharmacy practice in hospital settings: workforce—2018.
3HITC staff. Report: automated patient experiences will transform the delivery of care. HIT Consultant.
4Based on Omnicell Customer Data
6Poon EG, Cina JL, Churchill W, et al. Medication dispensing errors and potential adverse drug events before and after implementing bar code technology in the pharmacy. Ann Intern Med. 2006;145:426-434.