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Health Robotics Announces Virtual High-Availability Architecture (99.99%) for I.V. Automation and Robotics

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 News on IT in Healthcare J E 4
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BOZEN, Sud-Tirol, Italy, April 6, 2010 As part of itsI.V. Room of the Future initiative to cooperate with other industry leaders,Health Robotics today announced the immediate availability of itsrevolutionary Virtual High-Availability Architecture (up to 99.99%),including state-of-the-art, virtualization compliant, cluster and fail-over,disaster recovery, and back-up solutions for its CytoCare and i.v.STATIONrobots [with future expansion to TPNstation when available], and its i.v.SOFTWorkflow Engine for manual compounding, all of this at a fraction of the costof competitors' obsolete and uncertain robotic designs that lack back-up andredundancy features despite their much higher cost of ownership.

"Once again Health Robotics pioneers a new concept in I.V. Automation andRobotics: the certainty that Hospital Pharmacists no longer have to scrambleto find pharmacy technicians to urgently go back to Laminar Airflow Hoods(LAFs) and try remember how to compound I.V. Admixtures in emergencysituations due to planned maintenance, computer upgrades, regular cleaningand sterilization procedures, or unplanned downtime. This revolutionarysolution is available to our customers as an extra option, either on HealthRobotics' supplied Intel-based servers or on customers' centrally managedVirtual Machines. We believe that total redundancy and life-critical riskreduction should be requirements to the I.V. Room of the Future", statedWerner Rainer, Health Robotics' CEO.

Virtualization is an irreversible process already initiated by many ofthe top-rated medical centers around the world, and it should be much more sowhen it comes to life-critical I.V. Admixtures. Health Robotics decided toengineer this concept as an additional option for our global customers andtherefore safeguard their investments in I.V. Automation, providing fullsupport for the implementation of our core technology on all major virtualenvironments. The Virtual High-Availability Architecture takes advantage ofall the security measures already set in place by our customers, adapting ourarchitecture, robotics and software solutions and implementation approachesto the customers' needs and not vice versa. Health Robotics' core technologycan be deployed on multiple configurations, ranging from one active node anda stand-by node, to active/passive clustered nodes with a remotedisaster-recovery stand-by node. Thanks to its I.V. Room of the Futurestrategic alliance with MEDarchiver srl, a member of the Oracle(TM) partnernetwork, Health Robotics is now able to implement its exclusive rule-based,intelligent routing process, on the outstanding and industry leadingOracle(TM) Database.

"We tailor our Virtual High-Availability Architecture to each customer'sneeds, where all the nodes representing an 'actor' in the I.V. Admixturesworkflow are planned for, such as the robots, the LAFs' manual [computerassisted] compounding workstations, and the system interfaces with thirdparty information systems. All the single points of failure are taken intoaccount, adding backup robot units and workstations to address potentialcomputer failures, but also considering the need for a centralized databasesystem and communication management tools, guaranteeing transparent fail-overfor the entire I.V. Workflow. To our customers, this means not only theability to manage spare or redundant nodes and hardware components like anadditional robot or workstation, but also the flexibility to detect anyfailure in the virtual network and automatically initiate a recoveryprocedure, for example re-routing pending I.V. Admixtures jobs to the mostappropriate available resource (robots or i.v.SOFT-assisted LAF), includingproduction load balancing", stated Fabio Fioravanti, Health Robotics'Director of Software Development.

About Health Robotics:

Health Robotics is the undisputed global leading supplier oflife-critical intra-venous medication robots, providing healthcare facilitiesin 5 continents with robotics technology and software automation solutionsdeployed utilizing virtual high-availability technology. Its world-leadingsolutions CytoCare(TM) [hazardous IVs], i.v.STATION(TM) [non-hazardous IVs],i.v.SOFT(TM) [workflow engine for manual compounding, powered byMEDarchiver], and TPNstation(TM) [totally-automated parenteral nutrition]have and will greatly contribute to ease hospitals' growing pressures toimprove patient safety, increase throughput and contain costs. Through theeffective and efficient production of sterile, accurate, tamper-evident andready-to-administer IVs, Health Robotics' solutions help hospitals eliminatelife-threatening drug-exchange errors, decrease other therapy oversights andsterility risks, work more efficiently, reduce waste and controlledsubstances' diversion, and diminish the gap between rising patientvolume/acuity and scarce nursing and pharmacy staff. For more information,please visit http://www.health-robotics.comFor additional information, please contact: Health Robotics S.r.l. Gaspar G. DeViedma, Executive V.P., General Counsel, and Member of the Board of Directors Italy: +39-346-963-4934 USA: +1-609-980-7976 Canada: +1-289-470-1456 Malaysia: +60-321-848-223 gaspar.deviedma@health-robotics.com

SOURCE Health Robotics
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