Swisslog Awarded Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) Contract for Pharmacy Automation

MedAssets and Swisslog renew agreement to offer hospital members contracted pricing on pharmacy automation solutions

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Denver, CO (PRWEB) September 25, 2009

Swisslog, a leading provider of pneumatic tube systems and pharmacy automation solutions for hospitals, announces the contract renewal with MedAssets Supply Chain Systems for its unique central pharmacy automation products, PillPick® and BoxPicker.

The contract renewal, effective September 1, provides substantial price discounts from standard Swisslog prices. MedAssets partners with hospitals and health systems to enhance their financial performance through improved operating margins and cash flow.

"MedAssets member hospitals can benefit from some of the most advanced pharmacy automation technology on the market at reduced negotiated pricing along with other value-added benefits made possible through this agreement," says Ben Hinnen, Vice President of Swisslog's Automated Drug Management Solutions unit.

Swisslog's PillPick pharmacy automation system provides a comprehensive approach from unit dose packaging through medication dispensing. It utilizes bar-code technology to improve the pharmacy's productivity and enhance patient safety.

Only PillPick offers PickRing, a unique patented assembly of unit dose medications on a ring for "patient-day" or cabinet-specific medication administration. The ability of Swisslog's solution to simultaneously process cart fill orders with either first doses, stats, returns or packaging requests is a key differentiator when compared with other pharmacy robots. The PillPick system complements cart fill, cabinet, and hybrid distribution methods.

Swisslog's BoxPicker is a high-density, automated pharmacy warehouse for the storage and secure dispensing of medications and supplies -- an ideal alternative to carousels. New this year, the BoxPicker's refrigeration option eliminates the need for pharmacy refrigerators while increasing security with automated storage and dispensing of refrigerated medications. BoxPicker communicates with other hospital information systems to assure accuracy, proper billing, and track and trace control of individual medications.

To learn more about the Swisslog agreement with MedAssets for central pharmacy automation, contact Swisslog's National Account Manager, Robin Arnold, or call Swisslog Customer Support at 800-764-0300.

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

Swisslog's Healthcare Solutions division is the world leader providing logistics automation mainly for healthcare markets. Swisslog has installed hospital material transport and pharmacy automation systems in more than 2,000 hospital and pharmacies throughout the world. Swisslog offers total system design, manufacturing, installation and customer support providing a complete hospital supply chain management approach to logistics challenges. Swisslog Healthcare Solutions division headquarters is located in Denver, CO

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