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Geisinger Implements MedEx System to Enhance Medication Delivery, Tracking
Date:7/8/2010

DANVILLE, Pa. and PITTSBURGH, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Geisinger Health System's pharmacy is improving the real-time location and status of medication delivery through the use of Aethon's MedEx system, the first advanced automated tracking and "chain of custody" documentation system.

MedEx enhances the functionality of Aethon's TUG robots, automatic robotic delivery devices that move equipment and supplies throughout Geisinger's corridors. These robots reliably and affordably deliver, track and retrieve medications, supplies, meals and equipment throughout the hospital to increase productivity, enhance safety, and improve healthcare efficiency and patient care. Through the addition of the MedEx technology, Geisinger's hospital-based pharmacies now have a completely automated chain of custody solutions, which allows them to improve the reliability and accountability of all medication deliveries.

"For the first time all medications have the ability to be electronically tracked, from the person sending to the person receiving," says Aldo Zini, Aethon's president and CEO. "The result is secure, scheduled and on-demand distribution from the pharmacy to the nurses' stations. That means reduced medical errors, improved regulatory compliance, and improved patient outcomes and satisfaction."

"Being able to work with a strategic partner like Aethon has helped improve efficiency in our care-delivery model," notes Deb Templeton, vice president of supply chain services at Geisinger Health System. "Supply chain services and system therapeutics are able to work as a team to maximize the use of TUGs in our organization."

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