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

By Health Robotics, PRNE
Monday, April 5, 2010

BOZEN, Sud-Tirol, Italy, April 6, 2010 - As part of its I.V. Room of the Future initiative to cooperate with other
industry leaders, Health Robotics today announced the immediate availability
of its revolutionary 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.STATION
robots [with future expansion to TPNstation when available], and its i.v.SOFT
Workflow Engine for manual compounding, all of this at a fraction of the cost
of competitors' obsolete and uncertain robotic designs that lack back-up and
redundancy features despite their much higher cost of ownership.

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

Virtualization is an irreversible process already initiated by many of
the top-rated medical centers around the world, and it should be much more so
when it comes to life-critical I.V. Admixtures. Health Robotics decided to
engineer this concept as an additional option for our global customers and
therefore safeguard their investments in I.V. Automation, providing full
support for the implementation of our core technology on all major virtual
environments. The Virtual High-Availability Architecture takes advantage of
all the security measures already set in place by our customers, adapting our
architecture, robotics and software solutions and implementation approaches
to the customers' needs and not vice versa. Health Robotics' core technology
can be deployed on multiple configurations, ranging from one active node and
a stand-by node, to active/passive clustered nodes with a remote
disaster-recovery stand-by node. Thanks to its I.V. Room of the Future
strategic alliance with MEDarchiver srl, a member of the Oracle(TM) partner
network, Health Robotics is now able to implement its exclusive rule-based,
intelligent routing process, on the outstanding and industry leading
Oracle(TM) Database.

"We tailor our Virtual High-Availability Architecture to each customer's
needs, where all the nodes representing an 'actor' in the I.V. Admixtures
workflow are planned for, such as the robots, the LAFs' manual [computer
assisted] compounding workstations, and the system interfaces with third
party information systems. All the single points of failure are taken into
account, adding backup robot units and workstations to address potential
computer failures, but also considering the need for a centralized database
system and communication management tools, guaranteeing transparent fail-over
for the entire I.V. Workflow. To our customers, this means not only the
ability to manage spare or redundant nodes and hardware components like an
additional robot or workstation, but also the flexibility to detect any
failure in the virtual network and automatically initiate a recovery
procedure, for example re-routing pending I.V. Admixtures jobs to the most
appropriate available resource (robots or i.v.SOFT-assisted LAF), including
production load balancing", stated Fabio Fioravanti, Health Robotics'
Director of Software Development.

About Health Robotics:

Health Robotics is the undisputed global leading supplier of
life-critical intra-venous medication robots, providing healthcare facilities
in 5 continents with robotics technology and software automation solutions
deployed utilizing virtual high-availability technology. Its world-leading
solutions CytoCare(TM) [hazardous IVs], i.v.STATION(TM) [non-hazardous IVs],
i.v.SOFT(TM) [workflow engine for manual compounding, powered by
MEDarchiver], and TPNstation(TM) [totally-automated parenteral nutrition]
have and will greatly contribute to ease hospitals' growing pressures to
improve patient safety, increase throughput and contain costs. Through the
effective and efficient production of sterile, accurate, tamper-evident and
ready-to-administer IVs, Health Robotics' solutions help hospitals eliminate
life-threatening drug-exchange errors, decrease other therapy oversights and
sterility risks, work more efficiently, reduce waste and controlled
substances' diversion, and diminish the gap between rising patient
volume/acuity and scarce nursing and pharmacy staff. For more information,
please visit

    For 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

For 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 at

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