Pharmacy Automation Solutions Help Hospitals Gain Control and Refocus on Clinical Care


Jameson Health System, located north of Pittsburgh, has partnered with
McKesson Automation to implement a closed-loop pharmacy
automation solution
that helps support quality and patient care
while freeing pharmacy staff to focus on clinical care activities.

Building on its existing relationship with McKesson for pharmaceutical
distribution, Jameson plans to implement a full suite of central
pharmacy and point-of-care automation solutions. The new products will
help Jameson’s pharmacy to streamline workflow processes and reduce risk
through greater visibility into the entire medication management process.

“McKesson was the only company that could support our pharmacy
distribution model with a full solution set that will help us not only
lay the foundation for bedside scanning of patient medications today,
but also be flexible enough to adapt to our future needs,” explained Ron
Shollenberger, director of pharmacy, Jameson Health System.

McKesson Automation offers integrated pharmacy automation solutions that
help hospitals and health systems support improved patient outcomes,
build better businesses and manage ongoing change. With a deeper
understanding of medication management and a system-wide approach,
McKesson Automation helps health systems to better manage their pharmacy
operations and inventory more safely and efficiently.

At the point of care, Jameson is implementing AcuDose-Rx®
medication dispensing cabinets on patient floors, and it is
deploying Anesthesia-Rx
medication carts in the surgical suite. Designed to support quick, easy
access to medications, nurses and anesthesiology professionals have
fully embraced the new carts. “McKesson worked with us to gain a deeper
understanding of our processes and identify a solution that will
ultimately result in our staff having more time to focus on patient
care,” said Debra Perretta, RN, BSN, director, Quality, Jameson Health

AcuDose-Rx cabinets feature the exclusive RightStock™ inventory
optimization functionality, which has been shown to reduce medication
stock outs by up to 70 percent and also reduce the number and instances
of expired medications. In addition, RightStock helps track medication
usage, enabling pharmacies to reclaim up to one-third of cabinet space
for fast-moving medications.

In the central pharmacy, Jameson is implementing PROmanager-Rx™.
This bar code-driven robotics system is designed to fully automate the
storage, dispensing, returns, and crediting of manufacturer-packaged,
oral-solid unit doses. As a result, pharmacies can increase filling
accuracy while reducing pharmacy labor. The MedCarousel®
storage and dispensing system will help support better inventory
management and improved productivity.

Jameson also plans to implement Fulfill-Rxsm,
an electronic data interchange between McKesson pharmaceutical
distribution centers and hospital automation solutions. Fulfill-Rx
expedites ordering and synchronization of key formulary information,
while bar-code-driven processes help reduce order receipt and restocking

“Our integrated product portfolio supports accountability for
medications across the entire medication workflow, giving the pharmacy
visibility at every step in the process,” said Kraig McEwen, president
of McKesson Automation. “It enables us to help customers optimize what
they have in place today while strategically planning for the future.”

New partnerships like Jameson demonstrate the continued value of
McKesson distribution solutions and pharmacy automation solutions in
providing high quality, cost-effective and efficient solutions that
safely deliver the right medication closest to the patient.

About McKesson Corporation

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a
healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to
making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers,
hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and
others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that
deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its
customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance
with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply
management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical
services. For more information, visit

About Jameson Health System

Jameson Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare provider located in
New Castle, Pennsylvania delivering a full spectrum of acute care
hospital services, surgical services and ambulatory care, outpatient
diagnostic services, long-term care and rehabilitative services and
physician-based clinic and office services. With more than 1,300
employees; over 250 physicians and nearly 25 facilities, JHS delivers
community healthcare on an expanding, regional landscape. For more
information, visit

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