Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to Install Advanced Automated Drug Management System

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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will install an advanced pharmacy system that packages, stores and dispenses medications in unit dose, bar coded packaging.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of Los Angeles, Calif., will install an automated system for the packaging, storage and dispensing of unit dose, bar coded medications in its main pharmacy. The PillPick® system, as it is named, is built by Swisslog, a leading producer of pharmacy automation systems. PillPick automates the packaging, storage and dispensing of tablets, capsules, injectables, cups and syringes. The system enhances patient safety in the hospital because all medications are packaged into bar coded unit doses in preparation for bedside verification, as well as reducing the number of steps involved in the manual dispensing process.

Once drug orders are approved, the robotic system automatically selects and packages medications for patients. Each medication dose is sealed in a package with a bar code and properly labeled. The high-density pharmacy robot can hold up to 44,400 unit doses. When requested, the appropriate packages can then be assembled into a unique 24-hour patient specific PickRing® for dispensing. PickRings can be assembled in chronological order of administering according to administration time. A customizable label on each PickRing contains ring-specific information such as the patient’s identification, room number, medications and administration times.

“We evaluated available technologies and selected PillPick based on its capabilities to further enhance the high quality of our pharmacy by providing orals, injectables and unit dose liquids in unit dose, bar code ready packaging” said Rita Shane, Director of Pharmacy Services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Under the terms of the agreement, Swisslog will furnish Cedars-Sinai with a pharmacist for on-site training and coordination in the proper procedures and application of the system. In addition, Swisslog will provide complete technical support. The PillPick system should be installed and fully operational at Cedars-Sinai this year.

About Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai is one of the largest nonprofit academic medical centers in the Western United States. For the fifth straight two-year period, it has been named Southern California’s gold standard in health care in an independent survey. Cedars-Sinai is internationally renowned for its diagnostic and treatment capabilities and its broad spectrum of programs and services, as well as breakthroughs in biomedical research and superlative medical education. It ranks among the top 10 non-university hospitals in the nation for its research activities.

About Swisslog

Swisslog is a global provider of integrated logistics solutions for warehouses, distribution centers and hospitals. The comprehensive portfolio ranges from building complex warehouses and distribution centers including Swisslog’s software, in-house logistics solutions for hospitals as well as software and consulting services in the field of supply chain management. Swisslog’s solutions optimize the customer’s production, logistics and distribution processes in order to increase their flexibility, responsiveness and quality of service, while minimizing logistics costs. Headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, Swisslog currently employs around 1,850 staff in 23 countries worldwide.

Swisslog Healthcare Solutions Division in North America is headquartered in Denver, Colo. Swisslog is a world leader for healthcare logistics automation having installed material transport and pharmacy automation systems in more than 2,000 hospital and pharmacies around the world. To learn more about Swisslog’s healthcare solutions, visit our website at http://www.swisslog.com and click on Healthcare Solutions for North America.

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