Middlesex Hospital Pharmacy to Become Automated with Swisslog

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Connecticut hospital selects integrated pharmacy inventory solution for its safer technology and customized solution.

I evaluated three different systems for pharmacy inventory management. The reason I chose Swisslog was the Box Picker provided a safer technology in my opinion. I also visited several sites during my evaluation process and I heard good feedback on Swisslog on their willingness to work through any problems and to customize the software to fit the user's needs

Swisslog, a leader in pharmacy automation technology, is proud to announce Middlesex Hospital of Middletown, CT will become the latest hospital to add Swisslog's BoxPicker automated storage and retrieval device, ATP High Speed Packager, and Inventory Management Software (IMS). The combination of the BoxPicker, ATP Packager and Inventory Management Software will provide a complete solution for pharmacy inventory management, packaging and storage.

BoxPicker is an alternative to vertical carousels offering faster picking rates and security for sensitive items. The eight-foot, dual temperature BoxPicker, storage and retrieval system, will serve as a clean pass-through between the clean room and the rest of the pharmacy in compliance with USP-797 clean room application. Middlesex Hospital will be the first in the United States to install a dual temperature BoxPicker as part of a USP-797 Clean Room. To learn more about how BoxPicker is used in the clean room application, you can read our White Paper.

Middlesex Hospital's packaging needs will be met with the ATP High Speed Packager. The compact packager will package and barcode fast moving oral solids. The bar-coded unit and multi-dose packages will allow for increased patient safety and more efficient cartfill processes.

Both the BoxPicker and ATP Packager will interface directly with Swisslog's Inventory Management Software. Swisslog's IMS is comprised of several modules including inventory ordering, receiving and reporting which will allow Middlesex Hospital's pharmacy to maintain a perpetual inventory, thus reducing inventory costs.

"I evaluated three different systems for pharmacy inventory management. The reason I chose Swisslog was the Box Picker provided a safer technology in my opinion. I also visited several sites during my evaluation process and I heard good feedback on Swisslog on their willingness to work through any problems and to customize the software to fit the user's needs," said Director of Pharmacy Noreen Gherard.

The installation is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2010. For additional information about BoxPicker, ATP High Speed Packagers and Inventory Management Software, please visit http://www.swisslog.com.

About Middlesex Hospital:
Middlesex Hospital is a not-for-profit patient-focused health network where state-of-the-art technology is combined with an uncommon level of personal concern for patients and families. For over 100 years, its resources have been focused entirely on the health needs and priorities of the residents of the communities in Greater Middlesex County. It cultivates an environment of excellence, and maintains high levels of patient satisfaction based on the quantity and quality of caregiver time at the patient bedside. Middlesex Hospital operates more than 30 inpatient, outpatient, primary care and emergency facilities throughout Greater Middlesex County. It has nearly 350 active physicians on our medical staff representing every major specialty.

About Swisslog:
Swisslog is a global provider of integrated logistics solutions for warehouses, distribution centers and hospitals. Its comprehensive services portfolio ranges from building complex warehouses and distribution centers to implementing Swisslog's own software to intra-company logistics solutions for hospitals.

Swisslog's solutions optimize customers' production, logistics and distribution processes in order to increase 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 over 2 000 staff in about 20 countries worldwide. The group's parent company, Swisslog Holding AG, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (security number: 1232462, Telekurs: SLOG, Reuters: SLOG.S). For more information, visit http://www.swisslog.com.

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