St. Mary Medical Center Partners With Pharmacy Automation Leader to Improve Patient Safety

BELLEVUE, Wash., April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Mary Medical Center, the High Desert's only comprehensive cardiovascular surgery program, announced its new implementation of innovative technology by Talyst, a leader in pharmacy automation. The hospital is part of the St. Joseph Health System in Southern California, a group of 13 hospitals located in Northern and Southern California, Texas and New Mexico.

The Health System is preparing for patient bedside bar-coding, and the Medical Center will deploy AutoPack™ and AutoLabel® in its pharmacy as the hospital begins its bar code medication administration (BCMA) initiatives.

"Our Medical Center is preparing for a strong bedside bar-coding initiative to give our patients the best care," said Vanbotra Huang, Director of Pharmacy at St. Mary Medical Center. "Talyst's successful bar-coding technology lets us achieve our goals of reducing medication errors and improving patient safety."

"Bar-coding initiatives confirm the right medication gets to the right patient, at the right time and in the right dose," said Carla Corker, Chief Executive Officer at Talyst. "Our reliable bar-coding technology ensures virtually 100% of the medications leaving your pharmacy are scan-ready at the bedside."

About St. Mary Medical Center

Established in 1956, St. Mary Medical Center is a 194-bed acute care hospital and is home to the High Desert's only comprehensive cardiovascular program including the Academy of Heart Care Excellence. The Medical Center also serves as the designated STEMI receiving center for north San Bernardino County. St. Mary Medical Center is fully accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP).

About Talyst

Talyst is engineering the safer pharmacy. The company was founded in 2002 to provide automated medication-management systems to acute-care hospital pharmacies. The following year Talyst launched AutoPharm®, the innovative software platform designed to drive a complete suite of medication storage, packaging, refrigeration and barcoding hardware.

As of 2010, Talyst has installed automated systems in more than 500 acute-care hospitals, integrated healthcare companies, long-term care facilities and correctional institutions. Talyst is dedicated to delivering world-class software and proven hardware components to enhance efficiency, provide greater inventory control and improve patient safety in all care environments.