RIVA's Cutting Edge Technology To Help Intermountain Healthcare Enhance Medication Delivery Safety

    WINNIPEG, March 13 /CNW/ - Primary Children's Medical Center of Salt Lake
City, Utah, is the latest health care facility to buy a RIVA System (Robotic
IV Automation) - a self-contained unit for filling IV syringes and bags - from
Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems). Owned and operated by Intermountain
Healthcare, the Primary Children's Medical Center treats children with complex
illness and injury from across the western states of the United States of
    The hospitals and clinics of Intermountain Healthcare are renowned for
their clinically excellent and cost-efficient care and were recently
recognized for their pioneering work in using computer systems to reduce
medication errors. According to Director of Pharmacy, Kevin Jones, the RIVA
system is a natural fit with Primary's philosophy of care: "The Child First
and Always". "Our mission is to attain the highest levels of excellence in the
provision of health care for children, while providing an atmosphere of love
and concern," Jones says. "Our investment in RIVA will help us attain our
vision of providing outstanding pediatric care, medical education, child
advocacy and research in the United States, while ensuring we retain the trust
of our patients and their families," he concludes.
    For Kevin McGarry, Chief Executive Officer of IH Systems, the success of
RIVA lies in the system's ability to provide a broad range of technologically
advanced, cost efficient solutions for health care pharmacy units. "From the
very youngest, to the most senior patients, the RIVA system is providing
pharmacy teams an increasingly valuable tool for ensuring goals for the safe
and efficient delivery of IV admixtures are met," he says.
    According to Jane Arnot, Vice President of Corporate Strategy and
Business Development for RIVA, the relationship with Primary Children's
demonstrates the versatility RIVA offers for health care facilities seeking to
address patient safety through automation. "Investing in advanced technology
like the RIVA system is one way hospital pharmacies can access the latest,
most advanced tools in their ongoing efforts to improve medication safety
outcomes for patients," says Arnot.

    RIVA (Robotic IV Automation System) - a self-contained unit for filling
IV syringes and bags - is the first product developed by Winnipeg-based
medical device company Intelligent Hospital Systems. For more information,
please visit www.rivasystem.com.

For further information:

For further information: Jane Arnot, VP Business Development, (204)
925-5343; Kevin Jones, Director of Pharmacy, (801) 662-2626

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