It’s always a thrill when I learn about inventive and
advanced solutions our partners have developed using our products and core
technology. Omnicell’s intelligent systems
solutions for healthcare, built on the Microsoft platform, including Windows
Embedded, successfully addresses the workflow and problems faced by
pharmacy, nursing, materials management and IT departments. Our recently
corresponding video—show the highlights of this truly innovative solution;
here, we’ll go a little deeper into the technology.
The Omnicell® G4 medication management solution and Omnicell
Anesthesia Workstations have been built with Windows
Embedded Standard 7, which provides a strong
platform to help streamline workflow and increase efficiency. Great River Medical Center is just one of the
many customers who have benefited from the powerful platform designed to manage
drug inventory in real time.
In the Great River Medical Center the pharmacy utilizes the Omnicell
G4 inventory management carousel, which runs Windows Embedded Standard 7, to automate
the retrieval of medication from shelves while tracking inventory. A high-speed
unit dose packager speeds the preparation of individual doses of medication,
saving additional prep time for pharmacists. When inventory drops below a
preset level, the Omnicell WorkflowRx™ software automatically reorders the
medication from the wholesaler. The carousel takes up about one-fifth of the
floor space of the old shelves, but stores three times as much medication.
To ensure secure medication delivery on each patient floor
of the Great River Medical Center, nurses first identify themselves to the G4
system by touching a finger or thumb to the biometric scanner attached to the cabinet.
Then they use a bar-code scanner to scan and verify the medication as it comes
out of the cabinet. They scan the medication again at the bedside, matching it
to the patient’s bracelet to confirm accuracy. Nurses save waiting time and
prevent bottlenecks by queuing up their medication orders from any connected
terminal using Omnicell’s Anywhere RN software solution. They then quickly
receive items from the cabinet on their floor. As medication is checked out,
the cabinets automatically send restocking orders to the pharmacy system to
ensure a ready supply of necessary medication on patient floors.
In operating and procedure rooms at the Great River Medical
Center, the Omnicell Anesthesia Workstations track and monitor all medications,
including controlled substances administered during surgeries and procedures such
as catheterization. Staff access these cabinets, which run Windows Embedded
Standard 7, using a biometric scanner. The cabinets distribute single doses of
controlled substances, reducing the risk of diversion and saving time on
inventory checks and manual sign-outs.
The U.S. healthcare industry will experience
major changes over the next five to 10 years. The automated medication management
and pharmacy support solutions from Omnicell offer a solid foundation for
future success, from assisting with communication with medication wholesalers
to managing operational efficiency in the operating room. To read about more
innovative embedded solutions for healthcare, visit our healthcare
industry page, and read more about the Great River solution in our