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Automated Dispensing Cabinets
Considered the most important pharmacy technology used today, automated dispensing cabinets play a critical role in medication safety and nurse efficiency.
It’s the ongoing dilemma. Anesthesia providers need instant access to medications, but pharmacy wants tighter control. With Omnicell medication workstations designed for the operating room you can have both.
Disparate healthcare systems create disjointed workflow and extra steps for caregivers. In order to increase efficiency and prevent errors, healthcare providers increasingly need interoperability between systems.
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Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ: OMCL), a leading provider of medication and supply management solutions to healthcare systems, today announced that WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, has selected the company’s automated medication management solutions and analytics tools for its hospital floors, central pharmacy, and operating rooms across the system. The technology, including Omnicell’s recently introduced XT Series automated medication dispensing system, will help to streamline provider workflows while ensuring the highest level of safety for the communities WellStar serves.
Ensuring medications are managed safely and appropriately without adding additional layers of complexity to staff workflows is a key goal when evaluating new medication automation technology. Hospitals are now looking to invest in technologies that increase provider satisfaction, selecting those that reduce the burden of administrative tasks and allow providers to spend more time on patient care.
Through interoperability with WellStar’s electronic health record systems, the Omnicell® automated dispensing system will help to improve the medication administration process for nursing staff by reducing redundant activity.
To assist with safe storage, dissemination, and tracking of medications from the central pharmacy to patient administration, WellStar is implementing the new Omnicell XT Automated Dispensing Cabinets on hospital floors, the XT Anesthesia Workstation in operating rooms, and Controlled Substance Manager in the central pharmacy, as well as analytics tools. In addition, WellStar purchased both i.v.SOFT® semi-automated and i.v.STATION™ fully automated IV solutions to improve accuracy of compounded medications prepared on-site. Together, these technologies will aid in reducing medication errors and drug diversion.
“At WellStar Health System, we are focused on exceeding the expectations of our patients,” said Snehal Doshi, vice president of Pharmacy Services at WellStar Health System. “By automating medication management at our hospitals, we will improve the patient experience and streamline the process for our providers and add another layer of patient safety when delivering care.”
“We are proud to bring WellStar hospitals into the Omnicell network and provide the highest level of medication security and partnership to these facilities,” said J. Christopher Drew, president, North American Automation and Analytics at Omnicell. “We are confident our next generation XT Series solutions will help streamline daily tasks for nursing staff, with patients reaping the benefits of increased attention.”
About WellStar Health System
WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 240 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments. For more information, visit wellstar.org.