Omnicell, Inc., (NASDAQ: OMCL) will exhibit the integration of its automated medication cabinets with MACH4's modular robotic solutions at the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) 25-27 March. Omnicell recently announced its agreement to purchase MACH4 Pharma Systems and the EAHP Congress will be the first event to highlight the full spectrum of medication products that Omnicell will be able to offer for the hospital, community and home settings, pending completion of Omnicell's acquisition of MACH4 Pharma Systems.
MACH4's modular robotic solutions allow for dispensing medications in original manufacturers' packages and complement the innovative software capabilities of Omnicell dispensing systems. The joint Omnicell/MACH4 exhibit will feature the MACH4 robotic medication management systems integrated with the Omnicell automated dispensing cabinet and Savvy mobile medication workstation. Omnicell's medication adherence packaging solutions will also be showcased. These innovative solutions span the continuum of care to help meet the unique demands of Omnicell's growing customer base worldwide.
One of the hospitals currently using the integrated medication automation is St. Mary's Hospital, the main facility of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust. St. Mary's is the only fully integrated provider in England for acute hospital, community, mental health and ambulance services and is using Omnicell medication management systems in all care areas of the hospital. Omnicell's medication cabinets are automatically refilled through integration with the MACH4 robotic dispensing system, which is based in the hospital pharmacy.
"This fully integrated solution, supported by a grant from the NHSE Technology Fund, helps to increase efficiency and improve patient safety of ward based dispensing," said Gillian Honeywell, chief pharmacist at St. Mary's hospital. "The integration of Omnicell and MACH4 has significantly reduced data entry and eliminated errors in ward stock replenishment. The time savings for pharmacy and nursing with this integration has been tremendous. We have completely changed the way we work – within weeks of installing the MACH4 robot integrated with the Omnicell medication dispensing system and our electronic prescribing system, we were able to allocate more staff time on wards caring for patients," Honeywell added.
Also during the conference Omnicell will co-sponsor, along with its UK supplier, Avantec, a satellite symposium titled "Omnicell – Closing the Loop in Medicines Administration". This symposium will be held Thursday 26 March from 15:00 – 16:30 in Hall 4 of the CCH - Congress Center Hamburg.
"We are very excited to introduce the European market to this example of the integration of Omnicell dispensing cabinets with the MACH4 robot," said Arthur Van Dongen, vice president and general manager, EMEA for Omnicell. "It is anticipated that Omnicell's acquisition of MACH4 would result in a fully integrated solution for pharmacy and nursing, and provide significant benefits in the medication dispensing processes by helping to improve efficiency, accuracy and patient safety. We are proud to provide solutions that echo the EAHP 2015 programme, which is organized around the topic the hospital pharmacist's agenda – patient safety first."