Omnicell Sponsors HIMSS Nursing Informatics Survey

February 23, 2004

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Results of an Omnicell, Inc. -sponsored national nursing informatics survey will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m. ET February 23 at the 2004 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. Survey findings will be posted at

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Results of an Omnicell, Inc. -sponsored national nursing informatics survey will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m. ET February 23 at the 2004 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. Survey findings will be posted at http://www.himss.org/asp/industry_research.asp.

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More than 500 nurses across the country responded to the HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) survey, which examines the increasing involvement of nurses in healthcare information technology. Omnicell Government Affairs Manager Laurene West, R.N., a nursing informaticist with expertise in pharmaceutical and regulatory compliance, assisted in developing the survey.

"Omnicell is committed to design systems for nurses by nurses," said West. "We feel the survey results will benefit the healthcare industry in creating improved training programs for nurse informaticists."

As the largest and only dedicated global healthcare information and management systems association, HIMSS serves more than 14,000 individual members in the United States and internationally, 42 state and regional chapters, and more than 150 corporate members representing top supplier and consultant companies.

"There are nurse informaticists around the country who are applying their clinical training and experience working with patients in the development and implementation of healthcare information technology," explained Joyce Sensmeier, RN, BC, CPHIMS, HIMSS director of professional services. "They have an incredible wealth of knowledge that will improve clinical information and documentation systems."

The survey examines clinical background, training, career choices, job responsibilities, barriers to success and continuing education of nurse informaticists.

About Omnicell

Established in 1992, Omnicell is a leading provider of patient safety solutions preferred by nurses. Addressing the medication-use process and the medical-surgical supply chain, Omnicell's broad range of solutions are used throughout the healthcare facility -- in the pharmacy, nursing units, operating room, cardiac cath lab, and all the way to the patient's bedside. Improving patient care by enhancing operational efficiency, Omnicell's end-to- end solutions include systems for physician order management, automated pharmacy retrieval, medication packaging, medication and supply dispensing, open bar code supply management, nursing workflow automation at the bedside, and Web-based procurement. More than 1,400 healthcare facilities use Omnicell's solutions to 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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