Hospital Chooses Robotic Technology for IV Preparation

Published Online: Sunday, May 1, 2005

ForHealth Technologies Inc's IntelliFill i.v. will be installed at the University of Maryland Medical Center of Baltimore. The robotic technology will automate the hospital pharmacy's intravenous (IV) drug-preparation delivery process. The system automates the compounding and labeling of IV doses in syringes at rates that can be reached only through automated processes.

IntelliFill i.v. reduces medication errors by using bar-code scanning, vision systems, and weight-confirmation steps, providing final products that are identified with bar codes. The system also promotes long-term hospital savings because final IV products are prepared in a syringe instead of in an IV bag.

"Patient safety is a top priority at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the investment in the IntelliFill i.v. system will be a valuable enhancement to our pharmacy department," said Marc Summerfield, PharmD, director of pharmacy services at the hospital. "The IntelliFill i.v. furthers our mission to be a national leader in using technology to improve patient care, enhance patient safety, improve efficiency, and advance clinical practice."

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