Robotic Pharmacy’s SmartBox Designed to Reduce Hospital Medication Errors

Published by , December 18, 2017 1:11 pm

(RoboticsBusinessReview)  A Poland-based company has developed a new robotic product to prevent hospital medication errors that quietly claim lives from preventable mistakes in drug dosage and type. UnitDoseOne keeps the entire process of transporting a drug from the pharmacy to a nurse, and then to the patient, wrapped up in an automated process that adds a layer of security. With the system, a patient’s information is scanned, and the dispensing machine at the hospital pharmacy places the prescribed drugs inside a Smart Box. It then delivers the medicine to the attending nurse.
This Smart Box, which can only be opened by wristbands from the patient and the nurse attending them, can then be brought to the patient, and the patient can be given his or her medication. The only time a human touches the drugs is when the nurse takes them out of the Smart Box and gives them to the patient. The company already has a pilot program in a hospital in Poland, and it is scheduled to begin one in the U.S. in the coming year before seeking to bring their product to the open market.

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