Somerset Hospital uses the PROmanager-Rx automated dispensing system to close the medication safety loop.

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Somerset Hospital uses the PROmanager-Rx automated dispensing system to close the medication safety loop.

  1. 1. Customer Spotlight Somerset Hospital Closes Loop In Medication-Use Process Overview labor. There’s a lot of re-work. It’s repetitive work, so there’s the potential for people The 120-bed Somerset Hospital services to lose focus, which increases the risk for primarily a rural constituency in southern dispensing errors.” Pennsylvania. Continued Russic, “We didn’t want to goCustomer Spotlight One of the first customers of the Paragon® with all cabinets; there was limited space community hospital information system, on the nursing units, plus we had limitedSomerset Hospital Somerset regularly installed new Paragon medication storage space in the pharmacy.Somerset, PA modules soon after their availability to Also, when you put everything into cabinets,www.somersethospital.com support pharmacy and clinical systems. you’re really taking the dispensing function away from the pharmacy and putting the The organization’s strategic plan called burden on the nurse.”Solution Spotlight for moving to electronic health records– PROmanager-Rx™ within five years. All that changed with the Answers HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act. “The Their search for an automated, bar-code- news of available stimulus funds changed driven dispensing solution for the central our time horizon,” said chief information pharmacy led them to the PROmanager-Rx™ officer Jonathan Bauer. “Working with system. PROmanager-Rx is the only solution McKesson, we condensed our timeline to just that enables hospitals to fully automate the 22 months. Overall, we plan to be at the first dispensing, storage, and restocking of tablets, stage of ‘meaningful use’ by fall 2011.” capsules, and other oral solid medications that come pre-packaged from drug manu- Challenges facturers in unit-dose, bar-coded form. The combination of manufacturer packaging, With plans for computerized physician order bar-code scanning of every dose, and sophis- entry and bar-code medication administration ticated software makes PROmanager-Rx the in place, Somerset turned its attention to the safest automated pharmacy system available. pharmacy. “We addressed the prescribing, In addition to the highest levels of safety, the transcribing, administration, and monitoring system also reduces the packaging burden process, but not the dispensing portion of the inside the hospital, saving both pharmacy medication-use process,” said Bauer. “We labor and costs. were looking for a solution that closed the loop by automating dispensing and improving Explained Russic, “PROmanager-Rx is the accuracy and efficiency.” right choice for us because it will automate about 80 percent of our daily cart fill, Medication dispensing at Somerset is a easily fits into our pharmacy layout, and is manual process. The pharmacy performs a affordable. With PROmanager-Rx, we will be 24-hour cart fill, delivering approximately able to fill directly to the nurse servers, which 600-800 scheduled medications to nurse is important to us. We want to keep the servers located in patient rooms. For PRNs, nurse in the room with the patient.” some first doses, and narcotics, nurses access automated medication dispensing cabinets. The pharmacy plans to bar-code package and manually dispense non-oral solid “The manual cart fill is one of the most medications—liquids, vials, patches, inefficient processes in our department,” ampoules, etc., which will be the minority said Michele Russic, director of pharmacy. of the daily dispensing volume once “It requires a lot of pharmacist and technician PROmanager-Rx is installed.McKesson Automation Solutions500 Cranberry Woods DriveCranberry Township, PA 16066 © 2010 McKesson Corporation product and service names listed herein which bear the ® and ™ symbols are registered with the U.S. Patent(724) 741-8000 and Trademark Office. All other product and service names are protected by non-registered trademarks or service marks, respectively.www.mckesson.com AUTO197_4/10

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