Infirmary Health has selected Omnicell’s Unity platform for medication automation to maximise medication management across three acute care hospitals – Thomas Hospital, Mobile Infirmary and North Baldwin Infirmary.

Omnicell’s Unity platform was selected to help the health network ensure patient safety and workflow efficiency, save staff time and improve medication management and inventory control through standardised automated medication systems.

Infirmary Health operates three hospitals, three post-acute care facilities, three diagnostic centres, and more than 30 medical clinics and other affiliates. It serves an 11-county area along the Gulf Coast and treats more than 100,000 patients annually.

Infirmary Health identified the need to obtain a new medication automation system, including automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs), so that all three facilities could be fully integrated within one central platform.

The integration is designed to reduce the need for duplicate data entry, reduce the chance for errors, and improve the accuracy with which medications are tracked throughout the health system.

The Unity platform operates on a single, shared medication database to track medications as they move from the pharmacy to medication and ADCs in the nursing units, the OR and the patient bedside.

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"With hospitals physically growing beyond one central location, managing medications has become increasingly challenging."

Infirmary Health pharmacy and lab services executive director Lee Ann Cain said, "Infirmary Health is committed to providing the best possible care to our patients, and we performed a thorough review of all competitive medication automation systems to determine which vendor could best provide state-of-the-art solutions to meet our rigorous patient safety standards."

The Omnicell solutions selected by Infirmary Health are all part of the Unity platform and include: OmniRx automated medication dispensing cabinets, Anywhere RN remote medication management software, Anesthesia Workstation, SinglePointe patient medication management software and Controlled Substance Management System (CSM).

Omnicell field operations executive vice president J Christopher Drew said that there is a need for both unified and interoperable technologies that allow customers to understand how medications are flowing through the health system.

"With hospitals physically growing beyond one central location, managing medications has become increasingly challenging," Drew added.

"We are pleased to work with Infirmary Health System to ensure they have centralised technology solutions for efficiently meeting their goals of safe and effective patient care."