Automation has increased cooperation between the hospital pharmacy and hospital wards

”Automation systems have increased cooperation between the hospital pharmacy and hospital wards. The hospital pharmacy is responsible for the medicine supply service logistics and the pharmacy staff replenish the six eMED ICON automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs) on the wards.

When people work closer together, communication increases naturally. At the moment, we are also running a joint project at the hospital to make our pharmaceutical service even smoother, considering the changes following the introduction of the ADCs.

Real-time inventory management of the automated systems saves time and money, as it means that we can track expiring medicines and place them on the wards with more demand, and the reports generated by the system make it easy to monitor our stock and the use of products.”

We have to keep moving

“Of course, as the new automated systems were installed, we were uncertain and had many questions, but our worries were gradually dispelled as we learnt to use the equipment.

For example, the automated dispensing system (ADS) makes our work in the pharmacy easier every day, as the Mega-Fixu takes care of the shelving, retrieval and packaging of medicines for us.

Technological progress is constant, and we must keep moving, too. What we worry about is managing to develop our processes to keep up with the technological developments, and about making the best use of the latest technologies. But I know that we would not give up this equipment now – I believe that we will evolve with the technology.

More information

Seinäjoki Central Hospital, hospital pharmacy
Päivi Tiippana
Chief Pharmacist
Staff: 22
Annual prescriptions filled: 120,000
Commissioning of the Mega-Fixu automated dispensing system (ADS): 4/16
Commissioning of the eMED Icon automated dispensing cabinet (ADC): 2/18 – 10/19

 

Caption: The automated dispensing system (ADS) manages the inventory in real time, lightening the workload of the hospital pharmacy staff and Chief Pharmacist Päivi Tiippana.

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