Newly expanded health system to implement cohesive medication dispensing solutions in five additional facilities
Omnicell, Inc. today announced that Hackensack Meridian Health has chosen the Company’s automated medication management solutions and enterprise services to serve the health care network’s pharmacy needs. Hackensack Meridian Health serves New Jersey residents spanning from Bergen to Atlantic counties through its 13 hospitals and more than 140 ambulatory care centers, fitness and wellness centers, home health services, rehabilitation centers, and skilled nursing centers. Hackensack Meridian Health recognizes that having cohesive medication management technology across its healthcare system can play an integral role in improving clinical operations, specifically by promoting patient safety, supply chain efficiencies, and overall standardization efforts.
As a nationally accredited health network with four of its hospitals ranked in the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report - including the #1 ranked hospital in the state - Hackensack Meridian Health is dedicated to providing its patients with the highest quality of care. To better serve patients in today’s evolving healthcare environment, they are seeking technologies that can be integrated across all facility locations and that have the ability to adapt as technological advancements are made.
In its five recently added facilities, Hackensack Meridian Health is installing Omnicell® XT Automated Dispensing Cabinets, which are part of Omnicell’s Unity enterprise platform. This scalable platform enables the XT cabinets to be added to a common database used for Omnicell systems across the health network rather than requiring an all-new server infrastructure. This cohesive platform supports safer medication distribution practices and creates efficiencies that enable more time for patient care.
“Patient safety is Hackensack Meridian Health’s top priority,” said Richard Epstein, vice president of Network Drug Management, Hackensack Meridian Health. “We pride ourselves for being on the cutting edge of technology. The safer medication workflow through interoperability with our electronic health record system is a forward-thinking approach that we embrace.”
“As health systems merge, it’s important to have a system in place that can centralize information in order to remain financially viable without sacrificing patient safety or quality of care,” said J. Christopher Drew, president, North American Automation and Analytics at Omnicell. “We are proud to continue our relationship with Hackensack Meridian Health as they expand to further solidify their presence as one of New Jersey’s most prestigious health networks.”
About Hackensack Meridian Health
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 140 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.
The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report for a total of four hospitals ranked among the top 10 – more than any other network in New Jersey. The network consistently achieves Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is the recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.
The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.