St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center Beta Tests Inventory Management System

Omnicell supply chain management system to create more user-friendly solution for hospital surgical services units

Orlando, FL — August 14, 2006 — Omnicell Inc. today introduced new management, security and tracking enhancements to its OptiFlex SS supply management system for hospital surgical services units. The enhanced version of OptiFlex SS was successfully beta tested at St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center in Missoula, Mont.

The announcement was made during a press briefing at the AHRMM 44th Annual Conference & Exhibition at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando.

OptiFlex SS is a physician preference card system as well as a perpetual inventory management system for all supply management requirements of the surgical services department. It is an integrated system for managing supplies in closed cabinets and open shelves in surgical services units. The OptiFlex platform also includes configurable modules for medical-surgical units and specialty areas such as endoscopy and the cath lab.

New enhancements to OptiFlex SS include the ability to globally manage items across preference cards and physicians; security improvements, including bolstered system password and user timeout features as required by HIPAA; and the ability to track expiration date, lot number, and serial numbers via bar code scanning.

"OptiFlex SS was introduced two years ago in response to materials management and surgical services professionals seeking a preference card-driven system that tracks supplies, special items and other aspects of a case," explained Robert Mullenger, Omnicell senior supply product manager. "These latest enhancements, based on customer input, provide users with a solution that is easier to use."

"We were delighted to serve as a beta site for the new OptiFlex SS 8.0system," said Margie Macmillan, Operating Room supply coordinator for St. Patrick's. "Our implementation of the system went smoothly. With OptiFlex SS, we're much better at managing inventory and tracking costs in the operating room."