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RICE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL PHARMACY STAFF EXPERIENCES A 55% REDUCTION IN TIME SPENT MANAGING PATIENT-SPECIFIC MEDICATIONS USING OMNICELL SINGLEPOINTE SOLUTION
Date:4/17/2008

Findings of pre- and post study at Rice Memorial Hospital translates into

increased efficiency of pharmacist and nursing staff

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and WILLMAR, Minn., April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Omnicell, Inc. (Nasdaq: OMCL) a leading provider of system solutions targeting patient safety and operational efficiency in healthcare facilities, and Rice Memorial Hospital, a major healthcare facility in West Central Minnesota, today announced results from a survey administrated to nurses and pharmacists before and after the successful implementation of Omnicell's SinglePointe(TM) offering. The SinglePointe offering is an automated patient-specific medication management solution from Omnicell that provides hospitals with a single point of access for all patient medications that is simpler and safer than existing methods of hospital medication management.

Data at Rice Memorial Hospital was collected pre- and post SinglePointe implementation to look at efficiencies and improvements for pharmacy and nursing. Findings were presented during an educational Omnicell program on Tuesday, April 15, at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel in Charlotte, NC, by Elizabeth Kadlec, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist at Rice Memorial Hospital.

"The implementation of the SinglePointe solution allowed us to evaluate our drug distribution process and make changes to improve our internal efficiency," said Kadlec. "Automation of our medication management systems is also increasing patient safety by allowing for profiled access to patient-specific medications."

Kadlec revealed data that indicated the installation of the SinglePointe solution resulted in a fifty-five percent reduction in time required to manage patient-specific medications, which increased the efficiency of pharmacy and nursing staff. Nursing and pharmacy are now more in concert. Improvements in patient safety have been realized through automated processes for transferred patient's medications, discontinued medications and discharged patient's medication. In addition, satisfaction surveys indicated that nursing staff felt that missing medications were less of a problem post SinglePointe implementation.

"It is gratifying to see that the SinglePointe solution significantly improved pharmacy staff efficiencies in medication management as evidenced by the data provided by Rice Memorial Hospital," added Richard Caldwell, Sr. Product Manager, Medication Systems Omnicell, Inc. "Most importantly, patient safety is also shown to be a clear benefit of the SinglePointe patient-specific medication management solution."

The presentation of the results of the pre- and post SinglePointe installation study will be repeated by Carnie Allex, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy at Rice Memorial Hospital, on Tuesday, April 22, 5:30 p.m. CT at The Mid-America Club in Chicago. Registration for the free dinner program is required. To register, please send an e-mail with your request to kentr@omnicell.com.

About Omnicell

Omnicell, Inc. (Nasdaq: OMCL) is a leading provider of systems targeting patient safety and operational efficiency in healthcare facilities. Since 1992, Omnicell has worked to enhance patient safety and allow clinicians to spend more time with their patients.

Omnicell's medication-use product line includes solutions for the central pharmacy, nursing unit, operating room, and patient bedside. Solutions range from complete automation systems for the central pharmacy to nursing unit and bedside dispensing cabinet systems. From the point at which a medication arrives at the receiving dock to the time it is administered, Omnicell systems store it, package it, bar code it, order it, issue it, and provide information and controls on its use and reorder.

Our supply product lines provide a healthcare institution with fast, effective control of costs, capture of charges for payer reimbursement, and timely reorder of supplies. Products range from high-security closed-cabinet systems and software to open-shelf and combination solutions in the nursing unit, cath lab and operating room. For more information, visit http://www.omnicell.com.

About Rice Memorial Hospital

Rice Memorial Hospital is a city-owned major healthcare facility that encompasses 14 counties in west central Minnesota and is licensed for 136 beds to provide health care to over 220,000 patients. It has remained on the forefront of health care delivery in west central Minnesota by continually adding new technology and providing its staff with the education and training to help them in their careers. The Rice Memorial team of professionals knows that the technical care is only the beginning. They understand that addressing the emotional needs and the dignity of patients and their loved ones is just as important as technical expertise to the total health care experience. For more information please visit http://www.ricehospital.com


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