When it comes to healthcare robots, dispensing robots are some of the most popular robots. They help to ease the workload in the pharmacy. Enabling pharmacists to have more time to do value-added work and to help their clients.
When robots are added to a workspace, they help to make work easier, safer, and faster. They also help to enhance the correctness, precision, and quality of the service and products provided.
In the pharmacy, the dispensing robot is the embodiment of these features, thanks to its numerous features. Features that make it the best colleague a pharmacist would have.
These features include:
Ability To Perform Multiple Tasks
The dispensing robot is capable of handling numerous tasks related to drug dispensing in a pharmacy. It can count pills and dispense them into bottles and cap the bottles. It can also label vials, store a variety of medication, and access patient information to confirm the correctness of the prescription.
This ability that the pharmacists are then not involved in any of the manual and repetitive tasks carried out in the pharmacy. All these tasks are left to the robot to carry out effectively and error-free.
Easy To Use
The dispensing robot, like many modern robots, is quite easy to use. It is controlled through a screen with an interface like that of a mobile phone. Making it easy to understand and can be used by anyone who can use a mobile phone.
On the pharmacist’s side, all they need is a little training. With this training, a pharmacist can load the required medication, program the robot and monitor its work.
Dispensing robots are similar to vending machines. Anyone can operate them with ease to get their medication.
Dispensing machines are compact. This ensures that pharmacies that are not usually large spaces can utilize their space effectively. Further with the requirement to serve one person at a time, the dispensers don’t need to be big.
Robot dispensers can, therefore, be located at a strategic corner in the pharmacy to allow users their privacy as they get their prescription.
Easy To Setup
The dispensing robot is easy to setup. Once it has been assembled, you just need to plug and program it. This ensures that it is ready to work. This easy setup process also ensures that it is easy to use and the programmer requires just a little training.
The dispensing robot is internet-ready and connected. This makes it possible to connect it to the software systems used to manage the pharmacy. The robot can then access information in the system to ensure the correctness of the prescriptions presented to it.
That it is connected to the internet also ensures that its operation can be easily monitored. A pharmacist can know when to add more pills to the dispenser storage.
It also helps to troubleshoot the dispenser if it ever stalls and stops working. An internet connection ensures that it can be diagnosed and repaired remotely.
The dispensing robot is safe to use. It is built from a stainless steel material to ensure that it doesn’t rust. This material also ensures that it is easy to clean both outside and inside. It also has curved edges to ensure that it doesn’t hurt anyone who bumps into it.
Further, the dispensing robot offers a sterile environment for the drugs it dispenses. Ensuring that the drugs are stored properly and are safe for use by the patients. It ensures that the drugs don’t get contaminated. Contaminated drugs could cause more harm to the patient who takes them.
Dispensing robots come with features that allow them to carry out their work efficiently. They are fast and efficient. Making sure that service provision at the pharmacy is efficient and effective. They are smart and all you need to do is present your prescription to the robot and you will have the medication you need.
[image source: Australian Journal of Pharmacy]