|[November 28, 2012]
New Study Finds RIVA 'Leading the Pack' in Automated IV Compounding Systems
WINNIPEG, Manitoba --(Business Wire)--
RIVA, the fully automated IV compounding system manufactured by
Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems), is ahead of competitors in
overall performance, meeting business case expectations and customer
satisfaction, according to a new study of IV automation systems by
independent healthcare research firm KLAS.
The study, "U.S. IV Automation: Robots and Workflow Solutions in 2012,"
examined five pharmacy automation systems, including RIVA and its
leading competitors. The report found that RIVA's initial data scores
were highest among all the systems studied. RIVA technology also
received high marks for having needed functionality, being ready for
widespread industry use and customers that would buy it again.
Significantly, RIVA was the only IV automation system in the study to
have all customers report it was meeting or exceeding anticipated ROI.
"Safety reduces costs, and RIVA provides hospitals with a very high
'safety dividend' that is a unique and invaluable aspect of its ROI,"
said Dr. Niels Erik Hansen, president and CEO of Intelligent Hospital
Systems. "RIVA's technology has been engineered to prevent human error,
which is the most common source of medication contamination and can have
tragic results as evidenced by the recent meningitis outbreak."
From a purely financial perspective, RIVA's ability to help hospitals
and pharmacies reduce costs also has been well documented. The
technology allows users to lower the cost-per-dose of medication, reduce
the need for outsourcing and decrease waste. The system's strong
busines case was confirmed by RIVA users that participated in the KLAS
study: the report found that all RIVA customers said they were realizing
their ROI, and "several indicated they were doing better than they had
The KLAS study also highlighted a national trend toward automation which
suggests RIVA is well-positioned for substantial growth. The report
found more than 90 percent of organizations with more than 500 beds
anticipate purchasing a robotic system (one component of RIVA is a
robotic arm), most within the next five years. Importantly, among the
systems providers are considering, KLAS found that "RIVA leads in
"RIVA sets a new standard in patient safety that hospitals and
pharmacies around the world recognize as the future of medication
preparation," Dr. Hansen added. "The KLAS study provides further
validation that RIVA is leading the way to enhanced safety, reduced
costs and increased efficiency."
Earlier this year, IH Systems reached a significant milestone when RIVA
systems globally had collectively prepared more than 1 million doses of
medication safely and accurately since its introduction in 2008. The
system's safety record has been demonstrated by more than 50,000 routine
quality control checks at 27 RIVA installations that have found no
contamination in compounds produced by the machines. The milestone was
especially notable in light of the deadly meningitis outbreak linked to
pharmacy mixture contamination, which RIVA technology is designed to
IH Systems will be providing demonstrations of how RIVA performs complex
compounding processes for IV syringes and bags at booth 645 at the
American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) conference, Dec. 2
- 6 in Las Vegas.
KLAS report citation: "U.S. IV Automation: Robots and Workflow Solutions
in 2012," October, 2012. © 2012 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights
About Intelligent Hospital Systems
Founded in 2006, Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems) is a medical
device company focused on the design and development of automated
solutions for the hospital environment. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, IH
Systems manufactures RIVA, a fully automated IV compounding system that
prepares medications for syringes and IV bags in an aseptic environment.
Using RIVA, hospitals enhance patient safety, lower the cost-per-dose of
medications, reduce their vulnerability to medication shortages and cut
waste. For more information, visit http://www.intelligenthospitals.com/.
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