SynMed from Synergy Medical is an automated oral medication delivery system from Synergy Medical. This machine prepares and dispenses solid oral medications in blister cards. It is an innovative idea that could help to reduce some of hospital costs associated with pharmacy labor. It could also help to lower the risk of patients receiving the incorrect dosage and ensure refills are delivered on time. In fact, SynMed reduces medicine preparation time by as much as 80 percent over manual preparation with verification duration reduced by as much as 50 percent.
But SynMed is only one of many machines now used commonly in hospitals and clinics across North America that improve quality of care and efficiency of service.
Another automated system, the Aethon TUG actually helps to more efficiently distribute supplies—including medication, but also linens and even food—from one space to another space. The wheeled robot follows a programmed schedule passing down hospital corridors and even taking the elevator. It can also perform on-demand deliveries. The company says that this robot increases efficiency because it will not deter from its objective (as humans often get distracted when delivering something through a busy office, etc).
It has been estimated that $4 million is spent, annually, on pushing carts through the office (to deliver important information, paperwork, medicines, etc), so this robot could save a majority of that expense.
It may seem inconsequential to you, but if you have ever had to feed a person who was unable to do it themselves (or ever had a broken arm, for example), then this robot will make a lot of sense to you. Basically, it is a tabletop machine with a robotic arm and a spoon that assists in feeding. The user can actually control it with a foot pedal and controller or another device, like a joystick and buttons. This innovation could save labor costs in the form of no longer needing nurses to feed patients (so they can address other tasks instead).
Finally, instead of name specific robots we must note the phenomenal development of robotic therapy. There are many companies making machines in this field, which serve a variety of functions but seem to greatly enhance therapy for developmentally disabled children (ages 5 to 12). The robot actually collects data on the child’s cognitive/physical performance while they interact which provides doctors and therapists with more intensive information regarding the child’s progress and potential obstacles down the road.