But for a few of the smallest facilities, automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs) are nearly ubiquitous. In the typical set up, the ADC is the primary means of drug dispensing and serves 11-20 beds. Profiling is also quite common, although it is rare to find a facility that has profiled 100% of their cabinets. Pharmacy directors are exceedingly brand loyal when it comes to ADCs, with few currently planning to switch vendors.
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It is rare to encounter a health systems that does not utilize ADCs; 91% of all facilities have implemented this technology to improve medication access, fine-tune inventory, and streamline pharmacy workflow.
Most facilities rely on their cabinets to serve as the primary means of drug dispensing.
Utilizing ADCs as the primary means of drug distribution, and not just for specific line items only, is a common practice among facilities of all sizes.
ADC users assign stellar ratings to their vendors; satisfaction is at 98% this year and 84% of pharmacy directors give top marks (good or excellent ratings) to their vendor.
Reinforcing the strong satisfaction ratings, just over half of ADC users (51%) plan to increase the capacity of their cabinets over the next 3 years, while capacity decreases will be nearly nonexistent.