Palmetto Health Administers First Patient Doses Prepared by RIVA Automated Pharmacy IV Compounding System

Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems) today announced that Palmetto Health produced its first medication doses with RIVA, the only fully-automated pharmacy IV compounding system on the market today. The system will prepare high quantities of syringes and IV bags to meet inventory requirements at Palmetto Health, one of the Southeast’s largest and most comprehensive hospital systems.

“We are excited to share in Palmetto Health’s milestone of administering the first patient doses prepared by RIVA,” said Dr. Niels Erik Hansen, president and CEO of IH Systems. “We expect Palmetto Health, like other participating hospital systems, to experience significant cost savings through increased safety, productivity and efficiency in their pharmacy compounding processes.”

RIVA helps hospital pharmacies to prepare specific medication doses in anticipation of orders, which can then be stored for later use. The technology handles extended production runs with no staff intervention required, reducing outsourcing and cost-per-dose of insourced medications. Additionally, RIVA, which is USP<797>-compliant, can process individual or batch doses in an ISO Class 5 environment, and is the only system with true walk-away capability.

Palmetto Health, based in Columbia, S.C., is a non-profit resource recognized for progressive treatment and research methods that have yielded the highest levels of patient satisfaction in the U.S. Each year, nearly a half million patients seek Palmetto Health’s depth and breadth of services – from specialty physicians to state-of-the art technology. Additionally, the hospital system processes more than 3,000 medication orders each day and will leverage RIVA’s high inventory capacity to distribute doses to patients across its facilities.

About Intelligent Hospital Systems
Founded in 2006, Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems) is a medical device company focused on the design and development of automated solutions for the hospital environment. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, IH Systems manufactures RIVA, a fully-automated IV compounding system that prepares medications for syringes and IV bags in an aseptic environment. Using RIVA, hospitals enhance patient safety, lower the cost-per-dose of medications, reduce their vulnerability to medication shortages and cut waste. For more information, visit

About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the Midlands and third largest non-governmental employer in South Carolina, is composed of more than 10,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s vision: to be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes four acute-care hospitals—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital and Palmetto Health Richland—as well as an expansive physician practice network, dozens of affiliated clinics and specialty care practices and a 501(c)(3) foundation. Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, the region’s newest hospital located in northwest Columbia, is scheduled to open spring 2014. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, Palmetto Health also trains the next generation of physicians through its 23 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit

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