Evaluation Of Automated Robotics Dispensers Essay

1215 Words Dec 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Introduction
This report will contain a complete evaluation of automated robotics dispensers, specifically in the pharmaceutical field. This report will provide Asti’s South Hills Pharmacy with information to decide which replacement dispenser they should purchase. Background information will be provided first. This will allow for increased knowledge on the beginning of automation and where it is currently. Also, strengths and weaknesses are included to provide Asti’s with even more information as to why or why not to invest in robotic dispensers. Next, there will be information on robotic dispensers currently available for purchase.
The four brands being discussed in the report are:
• ScriptPro
• RxMedic
• Parata
• Omnicell
Finally, there is an evaluation of these four brands, comparing each of them and showing which each one does the best and worst.
Background
Until the early 1970s, all medicine counting and sorting was completed by hand. The process of counting manually could lead to either over counting or under counting and wouldn’t be able to keep up with social investments. The first examples of pharmacy automation were the pill counters in the 1970’s, but in the 21st century it has transformed into a multi-billion-dollar industry (Elder, 2016).
Strengths & Weaknesses Robotic dispensers fulfill 82% of all pharmacies’ daily volume, which is more efficient than pharmacists by hand (Thomsen, 2004).
The number of pharmacists only increased by 5.4% from 2002 to 2007.…

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