The University of Kansas Hospital (KU Med) in the US has selected Omnicell to install its medication management automation and software across their multi-centre health system.

The move is part of the hospital’s aim to advance patient safety and efficiency, while installation of the technology is expected to start in mid-2016.

Automated technology and software will streamline hospital workflow through seamless interoperability with KU Med’s Epic electronic health record (EHR) system, while improving inventory management and maintaining the highest level of patient safety.

The automation solutions will help KU Med in increasing medication dispensing efficiency, maintain patient safety on patient floors and in the operating room, as well as streamline workflows for nurses and pharmacists.

KU Med pharmacy assistant director Christopher Bell said: "With a project scope as large as ours, we needed a partner who would work with us.

"The move is part of the hospital’s aim to advance patient safety and efficiency, while installation of the technology is expected to start in mid-2016."

"Ensuring that all of our facilities are working in concert to improve patient safety, while reducing administrative burden was also a major goal.

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"We are excited to work with Omnicell to achieve these goals, and anticipate that their Unity single server platform will allow us valuable inventory transparency across facilities in our health system."

"Omnicell offers us the level of interoperability with our EHR that would allow our nurses to queue up medications anywhere, enabling them to spend more time on direct patient care activities."

A multidisciplinary evaluation committee that represents nurses, pharmacists and informaticists selected Omnicell’s solutions following a four-month evaluation process that included demonstrations and consultations with current users and meetings with hospital leaders and staff.

KU Med will equip Omnicell’s central pharmacy automation, medication management and analytics solutions designed to increase staff efficiencies and offer better patient care.

Omnicell provides automation and business analytics software for medication and supply management across the entire healthcare continuum from the acute care hospital setting, to post-acute skilled nursing and long-term care facilities, to the patient’s home.