MAGNET Group Awards Two Contracts To Omnicell

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Omnicell, Inc. , a leading provider of patient safety solutions preferred by nurses, announced today that MAGNET Group, a 775-hospital group purchasing organization, has signed two contracts for Omnicell supply chain management and medication-use process hardware and software.

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One contract is for Omnicell's OptiFlex(TM) product line, which provides end-to-end solutions to help optimize the healthcare facility's medical-surgical supply chain. These solutions are designed for use in the materials management department, the nursing unit, specialty areas, and the patient's bedside. OptiFlex solutions enable healthcare facilities to reduce consumption and inventory, as well as increase the overall efficiency and productivity of both materials management and nursing.

The second contract is for Omnicell's MedGuard(TM) comprehensive suite of solutions for every step of the medication-use process. MedGuard solutions are scaleable and designed for the central pharmacy, nursing unit, and the patient's bedside. They enable healthcare facilities to reduce medication errors, operate more efficiently, and decrease costs.

"Both MedGuard and OptiFlex solution suites integrate seamlessly with other systems and utilize bar code technology extensively," explained Nelson Hendry, regional vice president of corporate sales.

About MAGNET Group

Founded during the 1979 Middle Atlantic Health Congress, Mid-Atlantic Group Network of Shared Services, Inc. (MAGNET) was created to develop contracts on behalf of its members in the niche market of capital equipment.

MAGNET is one of the oldest, largest, and most experienced shared service organizations in the country, serving approximately 12,000 providers, including hospitals, alternate care facilities, and physician practices and clinics with a contract portfolio that includes equipment, services, commodities and the newly emerging area of niche/boutique (innovative and cost-reducing) products. The MAGNET members include Connecticut Hospital Association, PRIME, Hospital Central Services Cooperative, Monmouth Ocean Healthcare Cooperative, Joint Purchasing Corporation, Southeast Ohio Health Care Affiliates and Association Management Resources.

About Omnicell

Established in 1992, Omnicell is a leading provider of patient safety solutions preferred by nurses. Improving patient care by enhancing operational efficiency, Omnicell solutions are used throughout the healthcare facility -- in the pharmacy, nursing units, surgical services, cath lab, and all the way to the patient's bedside. The company's MedGuard line of solutions for the medication-use process includes systems for physician order management, automated pharmacy retrieval, medication packaging, medication dispensing, and nursing workflow automation with bar code medication administration. For the medical-surgical supply chain, Omnicell's OptiFlex product line provides open bar code systems, cabinet-based supply management, integrated open and cabinet-based systems, and Web-based procurement. More than 1,500 healthcare facilities use Omnicell solutions to help reduce medication errors, operate more efficiently, and decrease costs -- ultimately contributing to improved clinical and financial outcomes. For more information, visit http://www.omnicell.com/.

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CONTACT: Bruce Lewis of Lewis & Summers Public Relations,+1-707-964-3844, or bruce@prwebsite.com, for Omnicell, Inc.

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