Omnicell OptiFlex CL Automates Cath Lab Supply Tracking at St. Patrick Hospital


July 17, 2008

July 17, 2008 - Omnicell Inc. and St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center in Missoula, MT, today said they installed an interface between the hospital’s Omnicell OptiFlex CL bar code inventory tracking system and its Philips Series IV physiomonitoring and information system.

“The OptiFlex CL system automates our supply reorder process, giving us greater control and accuracy in ordering to ensure that supplies are always on hand,” said Steve Hartigan, lead cath lab technician at St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center. 
 “In addition, we benefit from a reduction in manual work that frees our staff to spend more time on patient-specific care.”

St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center has been using the OptiFlex CL system in its cardiac cath labs to facilitate real-time automated supply point-of-use data collection. The powerful OptiFlex CL software seamlessly interfaces with the Philips cath lab monitoring and charting software, further reducing the need for manual key entries and automatically populating its American College of Cardiology database with accurate supply information. The complete integrated system made possible by OptiFlex CL software allows cath lab management staff to evaluate the overall performance of the hospital on cardiac cath lab cases by tracking supplies and procedures to a physician for cost management and automated charge capture.

Omnicell said tracking supplies in hospital specialty areas like the cath lab is increasingly tied to patient safety and clinical processes. The company said a cath lab manager can benefit from the OptiFlex system because it provides one solution to track all supplies accurately, including implants, and provides interfaces to hospital systems.

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