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Automated medication management solution saves pharmacy staff time

Omnicell : 18 April, 2008  (Application Story)
Omnicell and Rice Memorial Hospital, a major healthcare facility in West Central Minnesota, USA have released results from a survey administrated to nurses and pharmacists before and after the successful implementation of Omnicell's SinglePointe system.
The SinglePointe system is an automated patient-specific medication management solution from Omnicell that provides hospitals with a single point of access for all patient medications that is simpler and safer than existing methods of hospital medication management.

Data at Rice Memorial Hospital was collected pre- and post SinglePointe implementation to look at efficiencies and improvements for pharmacy and nursing.

Elizabeth Kadlec, PharmD, clinical pharmacist at Rice Memorial Hospital said: 'The implementation of the SinglePointe solution allowed us to evaluate our drug distribution process and make changes to improve our internal efficiency. Automation of our medication management systems is also increasing Patient safety by allowing for profiled access to patient-specific medications.'

Kadlec revealed data that indicated the installation of the SinglePointe solution resulted in a 55 percent reduction in time required to manage patient-specific medications, which increased the efficiency of pharmacy and nursing staff.

Nursing and pharmacy are now more in concert. Improvements in Patient safety have been realised through automated processes for transferred patient's medications, discontinued medications and discharged patient's medication. In addition, satisfaction surveys indicated that nursing staff felt that missing medications were less of a problem post SinglePointe implementation.

'It is gratifying to see that the SinglePointe solution significantly improved pharmacy staff efficiencies in medication management as evidenced by the data provided by Rice Memorial Hospital,' added Richard Caldwell, Sr product manager, Medication Systems Omnicell. 'Most importantly, Patient safety is also shown to be a clear benefit of the SinglePointe patient-specific medication management solution.'

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