Automating Medication Storage and Dispensing
July 2017 - Vol. 14 No. 7 - Page #6

Automated medication storage and dispensing inside the pharmacy is becoming increasingly common. Pharmacy Purchasing & Products’ 2016 State of Pharmacy Automation Survey highlights that more than one-third of organizations have adopted a carousel or robot storage and retrieval system, and most users rate these systems highly.1

Founded in 1914 as Peoples Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Akron General (CCAG) is a not-for-profit health care organization that serves as the hub for Cleveland Clinic’s southern region. In addition to a 532-bed teaching and research medical center in downtown Akron, the Cleveland Clinic Akron General system includes a critical access hospital, rehabilitation services, visiting nurse services, numerous outpatient health and wellness centers, and specialty care services. The pharmacy model includes a central pharmacy, two critical care-oriented pharmacy satellites, a cancer center pharmacy satellite, and an OR pharmacy satellite all located at the medical center in downtown Akron. Three infusion center pharmacies and an OR satellite pharmacy for the outpatient surgery center are located at the health and wellness centers.

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