Server manages medication and supply cabinet information.

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Targeted for hospitals, OmniCenter v10.0 server provides open bar code systems, cabinet-based supply management, integrated open and cabinet-based systems, and Web-based procurement. Offering remote access support, it allows for scheduling, e-mailing, and exporting of 70+ financial and operational reports on status of cabinets. It also distributes information about dispensing alerts, cabinet communication issues, and daily medication discrepancy reports.

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New OmniCenter® 10.0 Server Allows Scheduling and E-Mailing of Reports on Status of Medication and Supply Cabinets

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 13 -- Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMCL) today introduced its enhanced OmniCenter 10.0 server that gives information managers unprecedented power for managing medications and supplies.

The announcement was made during a news conference held at the 2006 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition.

OmniCenter 10.0 allows scheduling, e-mailing and exporting of more than 70 financial and operational reports, according to Omnicell Pharmacy Product Manager Brad Blackwell.

"This is really a breakthrough development," said Blackwell. "The system automatically distributes information about the failure of an interface, dispensing alerts, cabinet communication issues, and daily medication discrepancy reports for nurse managers. Scheduled alerts and reports can be sent to printers, pagers or e-mail addresses to quickly notify the correct person for appropriate action."

Remote Operation

Another major feature of OmniCenter is remote access capability, which allows appropriate information managers to access the server from any authorized remote location-inside or outside the hospital.

Real-Time Communication

To ensure that users and thus ultimately patients have access to verified medications in the shortest time possible, OmniCenter now utilizes Microsoft(R) Message Queuing (MSMQ), which allows for real-time communication between cabinets instead of a traditional polling method.

The system also collects and transfers data from multiple cabinets within the healthcare facility and manages the database of inventory, patient, and user information. In addition to capturing data from both medication and supply cabinets, the OmniCenter supports the combination of Omnicell and Sure-Med(R) systems and acts as a platform for a variety of site-specific software applications interfaced to the facility's information system computers.

The OmniCenter connects to the cabinets via phone lines or a computer network, and its easy-to-use interface ensures rapid access to information. The system is composed of architectural building blocks that support the transaction volume of any size institution, from a long-term care facility to a large acute care facility. Database management and administration functions take place at the OmniCenter, allowing authorized users to quickly view and update information. The system features user-friendly, pre-defined reports that allow different users to extract and export information from a single database in detailed graph or summary form. To meet unique reporting requirements, users may also create custom reports that can improve cost accounting, productivity, and compliance, as well as optimize the distribution of supplies and medications.

About Omnicell

Established in 1992, Omnicell is a leading provider of patient safety solutions preferred by nurses. Improving patient care by enhancing operational efficiency, Omnicell solutions are used throughout the healthcare facility -- in the pharmacy, nursing units, surgical services, cath lab, and all the way to the patient's bedside. The company's MedGuard(TM) line of solutions for the medication-use process includes systems for physician order management, automated pharmacy retrieval, medication packaging, medication dispensing, and nursing workflow automation with bar code medication administration. For the medical-surgical supply chain, Omnicell provides open bar code systems, cabinet-based supply management, integrated open and cabinet-based systems, and Web-based procurement. More than 1,600 healthcare facilities use Omnicell solutions to help reduce medication errors, operate more efficiently, and decrease costs -- ultimately contributing to improved clinical and financial outcomes. For more information, visit

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