Swisslog's pharmacy automation solutions offer complete automation from the packaging of bulk medications, to storage, dispensing, and logistics, as well as Inventory Management Software offering supply chain control from the dock to the patient, including 340B drug pricing. View Swisslog's North America Solutions for the inpatient pharmacy and our solutions for optimizing drug management operations.
Swisslog’s PillPick pharmacy automation system provides a comprehensive approach from unit dose packaging through medication dispensing. PillPick offers the ultimate automated pharmacy system providing patient safety, medication dispensing efficiency, and pharmacy inventory management.
Swisslog also offers BoxPicker, a high-density automated pharmacy warehouse for the storage and dispensing of medications, refrigerated medications, and supplies. BoxPicker is faster and more secure than vertical carousels.
MedRover™ to Debut at AONE Annual Meeting & Exhibition
DENVER, Colo. (April 5, 2011) – Swisslog, a leading provider of automated materials transport and medication management solutions for hospitals, today announced that its MedRover™ mobile dispensing cabinet will debut next week at the American Organization of Nursing Executives (AONE) Annual Meeting & Exhibition in San Diego.
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|Swisslog’s PillPick system bar-code packages, stores and dispenses unit dose medications. Unit doses are automatically placed by PillPicker, Swisslog’s pharmacy packaging unit, into bar-code labeled bags and sealed.|
Swisslog’s medication storage and dispensing unit, DrugNest, is a high-density pharmacy robot for automated storage and medication dispensing of bar-coded unit doses. Packaged, unit dose medications are loaded automatically from the PillPicker to the DrugNest without intermediate material handling. Pharmacy dedication dispensing is integrated to downstream pharmacy automation components including cassette filling and PickRing – Swisslog’s unique medication dispensing method.
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pharmacy. Visit our Hospital Pharmacy Drug Storage and Retrieval System page for more information on the benefits of BoxPicker for the pharmacy.
Swisslog also offers StockManager, a modular bar-coding solution with complete hospital pharmacy medication inventory management and automatic restocking ordering capability. Contact Swisslog Healthcare Solutions for more information.
Loyola University Hospital in Chicago has installed a robotic pharmacist on premises in an attempt to reduce the effect of human error from the pharmacy storage, packaging, and distribution system. The robot, dubbed PillPick, is produced by Swisslog of Buchs, Switzerland
The robot places single doses of medication in small plastic bags. Each bag has a bar code that identifies the drug. When the system is fully implemented, the nurse will scan the bar code on the medication bag, along with the bar code on the patient’s wrist band. If the computer detects it’s the wrong drug or wrong dose, a pop-up warning will appear and the computer will sound an alert.
Hospitals around the country are beginning to use robotics in the pharmacy. Loyola is the first hospital in the Midwest to use the most advanced system of its kind. It’s called PillPick,® manufactured by SwissLog Healthcare Solutions.
"We looked at five systems, and this one was the most innovative," said Richard Ricker, administrative director of the pharmacy department, Loyola.
The system is 28 feet long and 13 feet wide. At the front end, a robot arm packages medications in single-dose bags. At the back end, a patient’s medication bags are arranged in order of administration and attached to a plastic ring. A card attached to the ring specifies each drug, along with important patient information.
The robot packages 3,200 medications, including tablets, capsules, vials, ampules and suppositories. It works around the clock.
The robot is designed to eliminate the type of serious human error involving Quaid’s twins last November. The infants were supposed to receive 10 units per millimeter of the blood thinner Heparin. Instead they received 10,000 units. The 10-unit vials and 10,000-unit vials looked similar, and a pharmacy technician mistakenly placed them in the same drawer.
Product page: PillPick automated unit dose packaging, storage and dispensing system…
Press release: $1.5 Million Robot at Loyola Cuts Risk of Drug Errors…
(hat tip: Medical Quack)