siology addressed the core percent, Gerwitz and the clinical team projected positive
For more information on
issues of revenue capture in return on investment with the automated cabinets.
the OR – medication secu- ECMC went live with Omnicell 10 anesthesia cabi-
rity, enhanced patient safety nets in each OR suite. According to Gerwitz, the team
and accurate billing – while also providing a teaching decided early on to standardize the medications stocked
environment for the anesthesiology residents. in each cart, which eased the training and implementa-
Gerwitz also recognized an opportunity to assist the tion process.
anesthesiologists in meeting a goal
established by the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid – the Sur-
gical Care Improvement Project.
This quality-improvement project
includes proper presurgical anti-
biotic administration. Antibiotics
securely stored at the point of
care ensured the anesthesiologists
could reliably and conveniently
administer the mediations within
the established time frames.
A clinical team was assembled
to select a vendor and to begin the
In The RAC Game,
work-fl ow and fi nancial analysis.
ECMC had a relationship with The Best Offense
one of the vendors, Omnicell,
Is A Good Defense.
and a proven interface between
that supplier and the hospital
The clinical team determined that
automated-dispensing cabinets on
the market had similar capabilities
and storage capacities, and recom-
mended expanding Omnicell’s
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