New software tool streamlines medication tracking, management


Omnicell Inc. develops system to centralize patient medications

A California company that provides software solutions to hospitals has come up with a way to centralize patient medications. At ASHP's 42nd annual Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas, Omnicell Inc. introduced SinglePointe, a software program that helps nurses and pharmacists store, manage, and track medications. The SinglePointe software provides caregivers with an auto-assign process that matches patients and their medications that are not routinely stocked in a hospital's dispensing system. The solution, company officials said, allows medications to be stored in one location during a patient's hospital stay, reducing the chance for contamination and dispensing errors. The software also provides nurses with a warning when drugs should no longer be used and reminds them to transfer medications to a different part of the hospital when patients are transferred between floors or units. "Our SinglePointe solution addresses the time-consuming, inconsistent, and labor-intensive medication management procedures that remain in hospitals today by providing nurses and pharmacists with a single point of access for all patient medications," said Randall A. Lipps, chairman, president, and CEO of Omnicell.

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