In the era of value-based purchasing and HCAHPS, a fundamental issue that hospitals face is how to stretch their resources to improve outcomes and the patient experience while containing and ultimately reducing costs.
Breakthroughs in pharmacy automation are helping to achieve those goals. Pharmacy staff are no longer stuck in the hospital basement counting pills; their professional expertise can be repurposed so they can contribute to clinical and service-oriented operations.
As hospitals adopt the following smart technologies, they are saving time and space, and increasing their functionality and revenue stream.
1. Flexible configurations in a smaller footprint. Because many hospitals are older and challenged to accommodate pharmacy automation, dispensing cabinets are being designed around existing floor plans for efficient use of space. As automation vendors have become flexible with their designs, it is easier for hospitals to be creative when locating automation cabinets.
The biggest change in pharmacy automation in the past 10 years is that drug-dispensing cabinets have become more efficient and customizable, with high- capacity drawers that can be combined in a wide array of configurations to accommodate a facility’s unique needs. This flexibility results in a dramatically reduced automation footprint and allows for multiple technologies to run through a single cabinet.
Read the full list from our sister magazine, Health Facilities Management.