Long Island University, Omnicell launch Center for Innovative Medication Management

Through the CIMM, LIU Pharmacy students will have early access and exposure to evolving aspects of pharmacy technology.
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Long Island University in New York, and Omnicell, a provider of medication management and adherence tools for health systems and pharmacies, are joining forces to open the Center for Innovative Medication Management (CIMM). The CIMM is a state-of-the-art laboratory designed to provide an immersive pharmacy technology and analytics experience for LIU pharmacy students. 

Long Island University is in the top 7% of research institutions in the United States, as designated by the Carnegie Classification.

The strategic alliance established by LIU Pharmacy (also identified as The Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) and Omnicell will allow the next generation of pharmacy leaders to support the transformation of the pharmaceutical industry’s care delivery model. Through the CIMM, LIU Pharmacy students have early access and exposure to evolving aspects of pharmacy technology, providing them a competitive advantage as they transition to the workplace.

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“Long Island University is at the forefront of high-level research through extensive partnerships with transformative leaders in healthcare. The University is appreciative of Omnicell’s commitment to provide students with innovative opportunities as we continue to prioritize engaged learning,” said Long Island University President Kimberly Cline.

Through this immersive program, students will gain hands-on experience with innovative technology designed to support various functions within medication management, including central pharmacy dispensing, sterile compounding robotics, point-of-care medication dispensing systems, and advanced software that delivers intelligence and analytics to drive medication inventory optimization.

“The last 25 years have seen the remarkable adoption of robotics, automation, intelligence and electronic health record management in advancing patient safety. As educators, it is imperative to train well-rounded pharmacists to embrace new career opportunities and lead these changes in the pharmacy technology revolution,” said Arash Dabestani, dean of LIU Pharmacy. “Through our strategic alliance with Omnicell, our students will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of how technology can advance the practice of pharmacy, in an effort to prepare them for career development post-graduation.”

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In addition to engaging LIU Pharmacy students, the CIMM will also be utilized by Omnicell to train their Advanced Services operational teams, who will go on to support the company’s technology at customer sites.

“We believe technology and intelligence are key to supporting safe, efficient medication management,” said Jeff Schlossnagle, senior vice president and chief revenue officer of Omnicell. “As industry leaders, we are excited to invest in the future of pharmacy practice in order to help improve outcomes and advance care.”

Inaugural CIMM classes are expected to begin in summer 2023.