MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMCL), a leading provider of medication and supply management solutions and analytics software for healthcare facilities, today announced that Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation expanded its exclusive relationship with Omnicell to implement G4 automated medication management solutions throughout its 550-bed hospital in Buffalo, NY. ECMC's relationship with Omnicell began in 1998 and has increased in scale to match the medical center's steady growth.
One of Western New York's leading healthcare providers, ECMC is the regional center for trauma, burn care, and rehabilitation and is a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo. As its scope of healthcare services increased, ECMC needed medication management technology that streamlined and safeguarded the transportation of medications from the pharmacy to the automated dispensing cabinet (ADC) and to the patient's bedside. Upon reviewing all solutions available in the market, ECMC discovered that the Omnicell G4 medication management system connects to a single medication database, creating closed-loop movement of medications from controlled substance vaults to ADCs, and then to the bedside, meeting Joint Commission and other regulatory standards for medication administration.
In addition to seeking an overall upgrade to its medication management system, ECMC needed a mobile system that offered medication security and streamlined workflow for nurses. ECMC selected Omnicell's Savvy ™ mobile medication system because it simplifies and secures the transportation of medications from the ADC to the patient's bedside in patient-assigned locking drawers. Savvy also provides a clear audit trail for medications accessed by any clinician at any location by integrating with Omnicell's Anywhere RN ™ software."Erie County Medical Center is constantly striving to improve its medication verification process," said Randy Gerwitz, director of pharmacy at ECMC. "In order to create a truly safe and streamlined medication distribution system, we performed an exhaustive review of all competitive medication automation systems, especially mobile systems." "Omnicell clearly demonstrated a commitment to constantly improving its technology to meet the needs of a growing healthcare system," added Mr. Gerwitz. "Because Omnicell's mobile medication system, Savvy, is so superior to competitive offerings, we won't have to worry about medication security in the next regulatory review. We are excited to bring the very best medication automation technology that is available to our patients and clinicians."