The Future of Medicine: Robot & Automation

The Center for Disease Control estimates there are 136.3 million visits to the Emergency room per year. Knowing life saving healthcare is readily available allows you to sleep more soundly, right? Wrong.

New research estimates 440,000 Americans are dying annually from preventable hospital errors. Many hospitals are making changes to address errors that kill or hurt patients.

Automation of routine processes previously handled by staff are being implemented to save lives and increasing confidence in care received. Below areexamples of this technology being implemented:

Medication management systems

Reminders are automatically sent to the nurse before a dose time is missed and electronic records can be accessed from multiple locations to see if medicine has been administered. Medical cabinets dispense pre-packaged medication to ensure the proper dosage is used.A shared database virtually eliminates the chance of redundant data entry that can lead to errors.

Central Pharmacy Automation Systems

Prescriptions can now be filled with robotic dispensing systems, ensuring the correct dosage and quantity. Electronic tracking of the use of narcotics and other controlled drug reduces compliance costs. Customers canalso track their order status online. Microsoft and Omnicell conducted a recent case study. The participant, South Jersey Healthcare,saw an 85% decreased in wait time when manual processes were replaced with automated dispensing.

Taking human error out of the equation is the common theme with automated medical technology. Machines do not forget, havelapses of concentration, or shaky math skills.

Factors contributing to resistance of adopting automated machinery are cost and down time for installation. The upfront cost is significant, but is recouped overtime with reduction of staff, lawsuits, and wait time (more customers served).

Automated systems are installed in a timely fashion. If you do decide to upgrade to one of these systems, utilize a junk removal company make sure old equipment is swiftly removed and ensure all items are recycled, donated, or otherwise disposed of responsibly.

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