Pennsylvania Hospital to Install PillPick System
The Good Samaritan Health Systemwill be installing Swisslog's PillPick system,which automates the packaging,storage, and dispensing of medications.Once bulk medications are packaged inbar-coded, unit-dose form, they arestored in a high-density pharmacy robotthat can accommodate >26,000 unitdoses. The Lebanon, Pa-based hospitalhas a >170-bed census and dispenses~2500 unit doses daily.
When medicines are needed, unitdoses are pulled from the robot into aunit that assembles patient-specific 24-hour medication orders on a flexiblePickRing. Each PickRing can be sortedalphabetically or by order of administration.A large bar-coded tag attached toeach ring specifies the drug, administrationtime, and other patient-specific data.