|[January 08, 2013]
Intelligent Hospital Systems Partners with Dokuz Eylül University Hospital in Turkey to Develop Total Dose Solution
WINNIPEG, Manitoba --(Business Wire)--
Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems), maker of the RIVA automated
IV compounding system, today announced that it has entered into a
partnership with Dokuz Eylül University Hospital in Izmir, Turkey, to
develop a total dose solution (TDS) for medication preparation and
delivery at the 1000-bed hospital.
The pioneering collaboration is believed to be the first time a pharmacy
technology provider such as IH Systems has partnered with a hospital to
develop a comprehensive pharmacy and dosing solution, and also
represents IH Systems' expansion into the European market.
"This partnership not only underscores the increasing importance of
automation in pharmacy practice, but allows Dokuz Eylül University
Hospital to leverage IH Systems' unique expertise and thought leadership
to implement a custom-designed dose solution," said Dr. Niels Erik
Hansen, CEO of IH Systems. "We expect that the hospital will realize
significant cost savings, enhance patient safety and increase the
efficiency of medication preparation and delivery."
The first phase of the partnership, an end-to-end assessment of current
pharmacy utilization and workflow at the hospital - from physician
orders to delivery of mdications to patients - took place in November.
Working onsite in Turkey, pharmacy practice experts from IH Systems will
use the data to develop a phased plan to improve the medication delivery
process and develop a TDS for the hospital.
IH Systems' RIVA is regarded as one of the leading pharmacy automation
systems in the world. The machine allows hospital pharmacies to lower
the cost-per-dose of medication while greatly enhancing patient safety
by eliminating preparation errors. Since its introduction in 2008, RIVA
systems globally have prepared more than 1 million medication doses
safely and accurately.
Although the majority of installed RIVA systems are located in the
United States and Canada, units also have been installed in Australia by
a company that uses them to manufacture medications. IH Systems' move
into Europe demonstrates the global reputation RIVA is achieving while
also allowing the company to create a platform for delivering full-scale
pharmacy practice solutions built around the technology.
"Our RIVA technology has proven to be essential to medication and
patient safety, but we recognize that technology is only one component
of an efficient pharmacy workflow that also includes supplies, personnel
and relationships with other areas of the hospital," Dr. Hansen added.
"We are very gratified to be able to use our expertise in a much broader
endeavor such as a total dose solution, while also expanding our
presence in new global markets."
About Intelligent Hospital Systems
Founded in 2006, Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems) is a medical
device company focused on the design and development of automated
solutions for the hospital environment. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, IH
Systems manufactures RIVA, a fully automated IV compounding system that
prepares medications for syringes and IV bags in an aseptic environment.
Using RIVA, hospitals enhance patient safety, lower the cost-per-dose of
medications, reduce their vulnerability to medication shortages and cut
waste. For more information, visit http://www.intelligenthospitals.com/.
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