Hospital pharmacies have a variety of distribution methods that include decentralized cabinets, medication rooms, pneumatic tube systems and even hand delivery by pharmacy couriers. Medications delivered from the pharmacy to the nursing unit by pneumatic tube systems and couriers are commonly misplaced or go missing which leads to expensive rework, inventory waste and compliance issues. MedEx TubeSafe and MedSafemodules close this gap through a unique combination of hardware and software components.
“We chose MedEx because it was the only solution that would provide reliable chain-of-custody delivery of our wide variety of centrally distributed medications, and in particular those delivered through our pneumatic tube system. Our ability to serve the nursing staff and patients will be greatly improved since this solution will improve the medication distribution process and decrease re-work by staff,” says Kyle Townsend, Director of Pharmacy Services, Billings Clinic. “With MedEx, both the pharmacy and nursing staff will be able to track delivery in real time and this will eliminate phone calls and inquiries about missing medication(s). The secured tube canister is a great feature and ensures the nurse on the correct unit receives the medications and it doesn’t require a pricey upgrade of our pneumatic tube system.”
MedEx will also integrate with other pharmacy systems already in use by Billings Clinic. All medication tracking information will be available directly within their Cerner health information system. This will allow nursing to directly access real-time tracking information without logging into a different system. In addition, IV doses prepared through DoseEdge will be tracked from preparation to delivery, all on the MedEx platform. This will allow pharmacies to monitor and improve their turnaround time of sensitive IV medications.
See MedEx suite of products in Aethon’s booth #2026 at the upcoming ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas December 4-8, 2016.
Aethon is a leader in pharmacy operations management. The MedEx platform is a leading software and hardware platform to provide improved medication management for inpatient hospital pharmacies. It provides chain-of-custody tracking and compliance of medication delivery through the MedEx MedSafe and TubeSafe products. The MedEx TraySafe product is a next-generation tray and kit replenishment automation solution. The TUG autonomous mobile robot delivers medications securely from the hospital pharmacy and allows pharmacy staff to focus on patient care rather than delivery tasks.
About Billings Clinic
Billings Clinic is Montana’s largest health system serving Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. A not-for-profit organization led by a physician CEO, Billings Clinic is governed by a board of community members, nurses and physicians. At its core, Billings Clinic is a physician-led, integrated multispecialty group practice with a 304-bed hospital and Level II trauma center. Billings Clinic has more than 4,100 employees, including 450 physicians and advanced practitioners offering more than 50 specialties. More information can be found at www.billingsclinic.com.