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March 30, 2010

Health Robotics Unveils i.v.SOFT Workflow Engine's Global Beta Installation Program

Health Robotics, a provider of life-critical intra-venous “I.V.” medication robots, announced the launch of i.v.SOFT global beta installation program at the 2010 European Association of Hospital Pharmacists.

According to a press release, Health Robotics globally launched the Beta Installation of company’s latest i.v.SOFT Workflow Engine’s three new software automation modules, namely Assist, Label+ and Profile.

Health Robotics’ i.v.SOFT facilitates pharmacy technicians, I.V. Room Supervisors, and Pharmacy Directors to compound as well as manage the manual production of intra-venous admixtures in a safe and efficient way and according to hospital-defined sterile compounding guidelines. This will help in bringing the pharmacies into compliance with USP 797 regulations in the United States and GMP guidelines.

According to Werner Rainer, CEO of Health Robotics, all the three new software modules will be integrated with the rest of the i.v.SOFT's solutions. A final software module, i.v.SOFT Track, will remain in development throughout 2010.

Officials with Health Robotics said that the new i.v.SOFT Assist software automation module provides the means to ensure that all IVs are free of life-threatening drug-exchange errors and are supported by tele-pharmacy functionality - for pharmacist's secure review and approval. In addition, this module is compounded by pharmacy technicians with a minimum 95 percent accuracy.

Moreover, the new i.v.SOFT Assist module encompasses an ideal complement to CytoCare and i.v.STATION both as a means to back-up robotic devices and to direct excess IV Admixture production demand and non-standard IV consumables like cassette pumps, ampoules, glass bottles, IV doses requiring the use of CSTDs, and more.

According to Health Robotics, the new i.v.SOFT Label+ software module can be combined with company’s i.v.STATION or CytoCare. This combination corresponds to unlimited flexibility in IV labels. In addition, the Label+ ensures compliance with these guidelines, while improving workflow, efficiency, and accuracy. It also produces full-color labels that comply with the 2010 National Safety Patient Goals of The Joint Commission (TJC) and American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Guidelines.

Another software module i.v.SOFT Profile provides IV Room Supervisors with the ability to remotely observe as well as manage complete audit trails of the IV Admixture process without entering the IV Room. This is possible due to module’s Tele-Dispensing feature that offers added benefit to supervise IV Admixture compounding tasks from locations outside the Pharmacy via secure intranet access.

Rainer added, '7 of the world's top-rated hospitals recently signed contracts for Beta installations of i.v.SOFT Assist, Label+, and Profile to take place over the next 6 months at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust [London], Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz Hospital [Germany], Princess Margaret Hospital [Toronto], The University of Chicago Medical Center, and The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, with 3 additional leading medical centers to be announced shortly.”

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for RobotXworld. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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