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October 24, 2012

Omnicell and Partners HealthCare Renew Contract for Pharmacy Automation

Omnicell, Inc., a provider of comprehensive, technologically advanced automation that enabled healthcare facilities to acquire, manage, dispense and deliver medications and supplies more effectively, recently renewed its contract of more than a decade with the top-ranked, not-for-profit, integrated health system Partners HealthCare for pharmacy automation.

Partners HealthCare's decision to continue its relationship with Omnicell is the most recent example of the health system's ongoing efforts to provide the most innovative clinician-centered technology. To date, Omnicell's medication automation solutions are implemented throughout the hospitals within the Partners HealthCare system, including pharmacy, nursing and anesthesia workstations in operating rooms, with plans for increased deployment over the course of this contract. 

"Omnicell shares in Partners HealthCare's commitment to the highest standards of patient safety, clinician satisfaction and overall care quality," said J. Christopher Drew, executive vice president, field operations at Omnicell. "We are pleased to continue our relationship with Partners HealthCare to provide Omnicell's leading medication automation solutions throughout its hospitals to help fulfill its goal of offering patient-specific solutions. We look forward to working with Partners HealthCare as it succeeds in its mission to provide outstanding care to the greater Boston community." 

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Omnicell’s G4 platform of medication, narcotic and supply dispensing technology equips users with new tools for preventing medication errors, controlling narcotics and reducing time-consuming manual tasks. The G4 medication management system gives users added confidence in meeting Joint Commission and other regulatory standards.

Partners HealthCare was founded by two of the nation's leading academic medical centers, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Those hospitals consistently rank among the top ten hospitals nationwide in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals.

"We have built our reputation as a world-class institution by giving the best care to our patients. Ensuring that we have the leading technology on the market is vital to the safety of our patients and our hospitals' continued success," said William Churchill, M.S., R.Ph., executive director of pharmacy services, Brigham and Women's Hospital, in a statement.

The Partners affiliation was established to create an integrated healthcare delivery system providing excellent, cost-effective care while maintaining the Mass General’s history of dedication to teaching and research. Partners is an integrated healthcare system that offers patients a continuum of coordinated high-quality care. The system includes primary care and specialty physicians, community hospitals, the two founding academic medical centers, specialty facilities, community health centers and other health-related entities.

"Technology-based solutions have helped tremendously in managing workflow and standardizing operations within Partners HealthCare," said Meg Clapp, chief pharmacy officer, Massachusetts General Hospital. "Advances like automated dispensing cabinets, medication carts, pharmacy carousels and medication packaging software allow our clinicians to more readily access the medication, supplies and information they need to provide our patients with the exceptional care they have come to expect from our facilities." 

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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