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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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“The VBM technology is paramount in our ability to scale our business to meet the growing demands of our assisted-living and independent-living customers.”
"With our rapid expansion in over 30 states, we're able to provide our customers, especially those in a behavioral health setting, a solution to improving patient care and to make the process of storing and dispensing medications easy for providers."
“The guided packing software also streamlines the checking process for the pharmacist, making sure every pill is checked properly and efficiently, saving valuable pharmacist time.”
“We can have new employees trained on guided packing in very little time as the system basically takes a lot of the thought process out of the production of the cards. It guides the employee through each step, ensuring the card is packed properly, accurately, and is safe for the patient.”
“Guided Packing is integral to workflow and offers real solutions to issues such as traceability and packing accuracy.”
"What we value most about [our AccuFlex] is the partnership [it] brought with Omnicell. This is a company that stands behind their machines as well as their partners. Their support for their customers is excellent, and we are so glad that we took a giant leap forward with Omnicell by our side."
"SureMed cards offer a clear, concise format that is easy for patients and caregivers alike to read and comprehend."
"For nurses, the time savings are huge. Rather than running to four or five different drug locations and making calls to pharmacy, they now have 95 to 98 percent of the medications they require in one spot."
"Omnicell's interoperability, user-friendly interface and forward-thinking approach to medication management set them apart in our search."
"XT cabinets have allowed us to increase inventory and security, decrease diversion, and improve uptime. The value the XT cabinets deliver mandates that we move all our existing Omnicell cabinets to XT."
"There has been a clear benefit to the hospital's bottom line revenue. Inventory and cost management are key elements to improving both quality of care and operational efficiency."
"With an ADC in each suite, anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists retrieve medications directly from the cabinet, avoiding the inconvenience and delay associated with requesting and retrieving medications from the OR pharmacy."
"[Since implementing Anesthesia Workstations,] we've been able to bring charge capture rates up to 90 percent or greater for OR medications and supplies."
"Once the [Joint Commission] inspectors discovered we were using the Omnicell Anesthesia Workstation to automate management of our narcotics—that was all they needed to see to be assured that our drugs were properly handled."
"With Omnicell's Anesthesia Workstation, you have every medication at the point of care. Just place the item under a scanner and you're done. It's really a scan and go solution."
"Our plans for IV automation were first envisioned during reconstruction of our cancer center last year. The goal is to keep both patients and employees safe, and to minimize medication waste."
"Omnicell's capability to utilize GS1 standards is a key component in improving our supply chain management process to reduce costs and improve care."
"Rather than focusing on medication inventory work in the pharmacy, our staff can get out on the floor to interact with nurses, physicians, and patients from the point of admission to discharge, which will help lead to improved patient outcomes."
"With XR2, we can reallocate resources to support population health initiatives."
"This is a game changer—we're just scratching the surface of what this system can do—and at less than three weeks in, the XR2 is already putting us in a better place than our previous automation ever had!"
"With the Omnicell Analytics pharmacy algorithm, we were able to identify and confirm a suspicious user whose return bin activities resulted in the diversion of medications."
"We review the data every day, because sometimes you can catch things quickly and prevent harm. The goal is prevention of diversion—not to wait and react."
"I've saved hours in my week by viewing cabinet issues and Epic-documented administrations side-by-side within Omnicell Analytics to help pinpoint suspicious behavior that may indicate potential diversion. Having the data on a single screen helps me avoid looking at multiple sources for the information I need."
"We no longer have nurses spending time chasing inventory and manually marking up preference cards for charges, and other inefficiencies in our old process."
"Our warehouse staff has it much easier now, and less time is wasted traveling to and from the ORs."
"Omnicell's inventory management solutions help ensure that critical supplies are at the clinician's fingertips when needed. The patient remains the focus of the provider, not missing inventory."
"Greater Baltimore Medical Center has been able to increase their charge capture by 45% over the last 4 years while aiming to achieve close to 97% compliance on Omnicell cabinets."
"Pharmacy operations were streamlined by 25% to 50% and efficiency based on user-defined IOR [Intelligent Order Routing] scheduled rules increased by 50% to 75%."
"Using Omnicell's carousel and packager, one pharmacist and one technician can complete a cart-fill for more than 180 patients in 60 to 90 minutes. Prior to implementation, this process took the same two people 8 to 10 hours."
"The unexpected surprise was how simple it is to use. It's secure, has a small footprint, and it couldn't be more intuitive. It just does what it's supposed to do."
"This provides us with the confidence to run a leaner inventory based on actual demand and enables significant efficiencies in the replenishment and procurement process."
"As a leadership team we meet once a month to review results. Our scorecard (supplied by the Performance Center) provides concrete data that allows us to make informed decisions to improve our medication management program."
"The expert services also help us navigate shortages and identify strategic buying opportunities, positioning both our patient care and financial performance for success."
"With a simple search I can view average daily usage, days on hand, and current inventory for any medication we have throughout the health system. Before, this would have been next to impossible."
"Performance Center software gives us a 360 degree view of all of our medication inventory in one place. We have never been able to access this information so quickly and easily. We can find any medication within a matter of seconds."
"The data analytics tools from Pandora greatly enhance our reporting tools on our Omnicell cabinets to help identify drug diversion and more efficiently meet compliance regulations."
"Pandora's biggest timesaver for me is the ability to run daily reports and have these emailed out. On average I would say that Pandora saves me about 1 ½ hours of time a day."
"Without the Pandora reporting system, it would be really difficult for us to track where the dollars are, so as an ROI, it's been a tremendous tool. It's worth its weight in gold."
"The anomalous use widget in Pandora is an extremely easy and intuitive way to examine controlled substance diversion. A few simple clicks allow me to drill down and filter data."
"I have identified some diversion cases in as short a time as three days . . . The Pandora data allows me to drill down on any issue that I'm concerned about and identify exactly what's going on."
"The Omnicell Analytics platform has saved hours and hours' worth of time, because it directly points to the issue."
"Another priority for UCMC is to have a single, integrated database—one go-to place to maintain all medication files more expediently and accurately...and the Omnicell platform provides this capability."
"By developing interoperability with Epic, Omnicell has created a solution that helps us better serve our nurses and ensure they are spending the maximum amount of time with patients."
"The new XT Series benefits us both on the nursing and pharmacy sides. The screen response time is much faster than the previous generation cabinets, which allows us to give time back to the staff for patient care."
"Partnering with Omnicell in the development of the new XT cabinet gave me an in-depth opportunity to understand and appreciate the many enhancements the new platform offers, many of which improve workflow efficiency and medication accountability."
"[SinglePointe] software dedicates a bin for a specific solution for a specific patient, so the nurse on the next shift just goes to the bin and knows it is there."
"The software also provides a single point of profile-based access for all of a patient's medications. This access virtually eliminates missing doses."
"We've experienced fewer missing doses and fewer calls to pharmacy due to the nurses' inability to find medications that the pharmacy has already dispensed."
"This software implementation has reduced the time that unit nurses spend on managing medications, which translates into increased staff efficiencies and improvements for both pharmacy and nursing."
"...SinglePointe software has improved patient safety by decreasing the medication error rate associated with the patient transfer process, improved operational efficiency for pharmacy, and provided for more consistent nursing practice."
"If a nurse needs one dose of morphine, she gets one dose only....We'll no longer need nurses to count controlled substances at the end of their shifts."
"Anywhere RN unchains nurses from the cabinet and gives them more time to review medication orders prior to accessing medications. This flexible platform improves productivity by giving our nurses control over their own workflow."
"Before we started using the registry, we could have spent days researching whether robotic compounding made sense for our facility or if outsourcing was the better option. Now, we are able to observe real numbers from peer hospitals to better evaluate the possible return on investment..."
"IV robotics will help us streamline our compounding processes, allowing us to redirect financial and clinical time savings to activities that support clinical care."
"Reporting is important any time you're dealing with narcotic deliveries. We can track medication from the CSM vault to delivery at the Omnicell cabinets, onto the dispense or return of the medication."
"Omnicell technology has allowed us to drive down discrepancies involving narcotics throughout the entire hospital. We're able to monitor...and know exactly where discrepancies occur to resolve them quickly."
"The CSM technology allows me to feel much more comfortable that every single dose has been accounted for, whether it is returned, whether it is administered, whether it is wasted."
"SureMed cards offer a clear, concise format that is easy for patients and caregivers alike to read and comprehend."
“Within the first few weeks of engaging the Performance Center’s diversion services, we identified two potential diversion cases. We were able to quickly validate a diverter within our health system, as well as identify a ‘false alarm’ due to a user following improper protocols.”
“SupplyX introduces supply inventory visibility that has been previously unavailable. We can now optimize inventory both clinically and financially.”
“Automation has improved our efficiency, accuracy and safety. With most of our stock now being stored and picked by the robot, the dispensary imparts a feeling of calm and efficiency. Smooth workflow systems have resulted in an improvement in turnaround times and a reduction in picking errors.”