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Using Technology for Patient Safety

Medication Safety

McKesson ROBOT-Rx™ (ROBOT-Rx)
ROBOT-Rx is a stationary robotic system that automates the drug dispensing process using bar code technology. Located in the central pharmacy at Gwinnett Medical Center, ROBOT-Rx automates the following bar coded medication areas:  

  • Storage
  • Dispensing
  • Returning
  • Restocking and crediting

ROBOT-Rx also:  

  • Assures that the right medication is dispensed for the right patient
  • Frees pharmacists and technicians from mundane, repetitive tasks so that they may support more productive clinical activities
  • Streamlines inventory management
  • Allows the Pharmacy Department to maintain high-quality care and improve our efficiency and patient services

Omnicell Automated Medication Dispensing Machines
Gwinnett Medical Center uses ATM-type cabinets with medications in patient care areas. These cabinets are part of a comprehensive medication distribution system from Omnicell Medication Systems.

Medications that may be needed on a moment's notice are stored in these cabinets to ensure maximum patient care efficiency. Each cabinet is linked to the Pharmacy Department's main computer system. This interface to the pharmacy information system provides caregivers with access to a patient's complete profile (list of current medications, allergies and other important information) and provides additional control by limiting access to only medication orders reviewed and approved by a pharmacist.

McKesson Horizon Admin-Rx™
Horizon Admin-Rx™ is a point-of-care application that helps caregivers improve medication safety. Documenting medication administration at the point of care is a key component in ensuring medication safety. Caregivers use hand-held scanning devices to identify themselves, the patient and medications at the point of administration.

This technology provides a full-screen view of the patient’s medication profile, daily drug administrations and overall care unit reviews. It also provides an online clinical flow sheet documenting the patient’s:  

  • Vital signs
  • Medication profile
  • Administration
  • History
  • Care comments

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