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BD, Helmer Scientific to launch first fully integrated refrigerated automated dispensing solution

Published 05 June 2018

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) and Helmer Scientific have collaborated to introduce an industry-first medical-grade refrigerated solution integrated with an automated dispensing system.

The new solution will provide clinicians with secure and single line-item access to high-risk and high-value refrigerated medications.

While automated medication dispensing has been an industry norm for decades, there has been a technology gap for the secure, automated dispensing of medications that require refrigeration.

Through this exclusive collaboration, BD and Helmer have co-developed a refrigeration and temperature monitoring solution with secure, single line-item access that integrates directly with the BD Pyxis™ MedStation™ ES system, expanding BD's enterprise-wide medication management solutions to include temperature-controlled medications.

The new BD Pyxis™ ES refrigerator with Helmer Access Technology features locked bins for secure individual storage of refrigerated medications with temperature monitoring capabilities. Notifications from the BD Pyxis ES refrigerator will be visible through BD HealthSight viewer, the near-real time pharmacy operations dashboard that summarizes and prioritizes key notifications from BD medication management technologies.

The new medical-grade refrigerator provides clinicians with secured access to refrigerated medications using the same patient-centered workflow currently available for medications stored at ambient temperatures through the BD Pyxis MedStation ES system, helping to improve medication safety. BD will begin taking orders for the new BD Pyxis ES refrigerator later this year with general availability and implementations expected in early 2019.

The BD Pyxis ES refrigerator with Helmer Access Technology features precise temperature management and secure locking bins that unlock when accessed via the BD Pyxis MedStation ES system. This system innovates delivery of care by improving clinical workflow efficiency and standardization around removal of refrigerated medications at the point of use:

Supports medication safety by properly securing and storing refrigerated medications and improving medication availability

Helps prevent diversion and its associated risk to medication safety and patient care

Ensures sensitive and expensive medications and vaccines are stored at appropriate temperature conditions to help improve safety and address regulatory risks

Helmer Scientific CEO Bruce King said: "Helmer Access Technology pairs our expertise in medical-grade refrigeration with our capabilities in software and device integration. We are proud to partner with BD to combine this technology with their leading BD Pyxis dispensing solutions to solve an unmet and important need in health care.”

Source: Company Press Release