Service Programs proactively help prevent system failure.

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Powered by Questra Intelligent Device Management technology, vSuite service programs proactively monitor system status and alert service personnel to potential problems. Internet-based, firewall-friendly, secure solutions include vDirector(TM) real-time remote monitoring performance parameters tracker, vCommander(TM) Omnicell server platform and interface monitoring solution, and vManager(TM), which adds software and platform lifecycle management functions.

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Omnicell Rolls Out New vSuite(TM) Service Program at HIMSS

McLaren Regional Medical Center to Install Omnicell vDirector(TM) for Proactively Monitoring Remote Systems

DALLAS, Feb. 14 -- Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMCL) today rolled out its new vSuite service program and announced that McLaren Regional Medical Center will be among the first customer installations. McLaren will install vDirector, one of three powerful vSuite applications, at its Flint and Lapeer, Mich. campuses.

The announcement was made today at the 2005 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition being held this week in Dallas, Texas.

"The power of the vDirector application is that it will discover problems before they come to our attention, allowing the Omnicell information management team to quickly fix the potential problem to avoid any disruption in our systems," said Lisa K. Ardanowski, corporate manager of materials systems for McLaren Regional.

Omnicell's new vSuite service programs proactively monitor system status and alert service personnel to potential problems before they can lead to system failure.

"Information technology and materials managers have been asking for leading-edge service technology that is proactive, maximizes uptime, and prevents failures," explained Michael Cline, Omnicell's vice president of service. "The new applications, powered by Questra Intelligent Device Management technology, are Internet-based, firewall-friendly, and very secure."

-- vDirector is the foundation level for connectivity and monitoring system performance. It enables proactive remote monitoring of customer systems and tracks key performance parameters in a real-time manner. Omnicell technicians receive automatic alerts when performance indicators are outside of normal ranges. With vDirector, the Omnicell service team can now intervene, quickly diagnose, and rapidly resolve a problem before a customer is even aware of an issue.

-- vCommander(TM) provides a higher level of mission-critical support by monitoring Omnicell server platforms and interfaces. It ensures systems are operating within tolerance and detects various precursors to failure, such as hard disk and interface errors. Should a failure occur, Omnicell employs an array of remote tools and support services to optimize data recovery for customers.

-- vManager(TM) adds important software and platform lifecycle management functions, such as remote deployment and verification of Omnicell software upgrades, anti-virus updates, and operating system patches. Updated with the latest software, systems remain highly secure and performance is optimized.

"Our goal with vSuite is to keep systems and patients safe through this innovative approach to protecting mission-critical servers and vital patient data," Cline noted.

About McLaren Regional Medical Center

McLaren Regional Medical Center (MRMC) is a 458-bed teaching hospital. Based in Flint, Mich. and affiliated with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, MRMC blends the experience and expertise of its medical staff with MSU's physicians-in-training, thereby delivering academic, clinical and research-based innovations, world-class treatment, and cutting-edge technology to mid-Michigan residents.

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's OptiFlex(TM) product line provides open bar code systems, cabinet-based supply management, integrated open and cabinet-based systems, and Web-based procurement. More than 1,500 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

CONTACT: Bruce Lewis of Lewis & Summers Public Relations, +1-707-964-3844, or, for Omnicell, Inc.

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