Top Ranked Hospital Selects Automated Drug Management System

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Automated pharmacy system offers hospital the utmost in patient safety.

Lehigh Valley Hospital—Muhlenberg (LVH—Muhlenberg) in Bethlehem, Pa, is installing an automated drug management system designed to package, store and dispense medications in bar-coded, unit dose form to ensure the utmost in patient safety.

The PillPick® system, built by Swisslog, will automatically package, store and dispense solids, injectables, cups and syringes in bar-coded, unit dose bags. Once bulk medications are packaged in bar-coded, unit-dose form, they will be stored in a high-density pharmacy robot that can hold up to 22,100 unit doses.

Unit doses are then pulled from the robot into a unit that assembles patient-specific, 24-hour medication orders on a patented, flexible PickRing. Each PickRing can be arranged alphabetically or by order of administration and a large tag attached to each ring specifies the drug, administration time and other patient-specific information. LVH-Muhlenberg will transport PickRings to the patient floors via cart fill method. LVH-Muhlenberg currently distributes 4,000 doses each day.

“The Swisslog PillPick system truly enhances the safety and efficiency of our medication safety system,” states Bob Begliomini, Administrator of Pharmacy Services. “All of our patients will benefit from this leading edge technology, which incorporates PillPick into our existing Physician Order Entry System and Bedside Barcode Verification System.”

The PillPick system is part of a comprehensive effort by LVH—Muhlenberg to provide patients the most advanced technology for patient safety, comfort and convenience.

Under the terms of the agreement, Swisslog will provide training for pharmacy staff in the operation and basic maintenance of the system. You can learn more about the PillPick automated drug management system for hospital pharmacies by visiting Swisslog online at http://www.swisslog.com/hcs-index/hcs-systems/hcs-pharmacy.htm.

About Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network

A premier academic community hospital, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network includes three hospital facilities—two in Allentown and one in Bethlehem (Lehigh Valley Hospital—Muhlenberg), Pa, and Lehigh Valley Health Services, providing home health, hospice, pharmaceutical and health management services. In 2005, US News & World Report named Lehigh Valley Hospital one of America’s Best Hospitals for the tenth straight year.

Lehigh Valley Hospital—Muhlenberg dedicated a new seven-story, state-of-the-art hospital in 2005. The new $60 million, 260,000 square-foot building includes additional beds with all private patient rooms, the Regional Heart Center, Center for Critical Care, expanded Cancer Center and Diagnostic Care Center.

About Swisslog

Swisslog is a global provider of integrated logistic 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. With years of experience in the development and implementation of integrated logistics solutions, Swisslog provides the expertise that customers in more than 50 countries around the world rely on. Headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, Swisslog currently employs around 1,850 staff in 23 countries worldwide. The group's parent company, Swisslog Holding AG, is listed on SWX Swiss Exchange (security number: 1 232 462, Telekurs: SLOG, Reuters: SLOG.S). For more information, visit http://www.swisslog.com.

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