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Qatar hospital launches two pharmacy 'robots'

New system is able to dispense 1,200 prescriptions per hour compared to previous capability of 1,800 per day

Qatar hospital launches two pharmacy 'robots'
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Two pharmacy "robots" that combined can dispense 1,200 prescriptions per hour have been officially inaugurated at Hamad General Hospital in Qatar by Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, the Minister of Public Health.

The biggest of its kind in the region, the MACH 4 Omnicell will significantly reduce the amount of time patients spend waiting for their medications in the pharmacy, a statement said.

The new robotic pharmacy system will also enable pharmacists to spend more one-on-one time with each patient, the statement said, resulting in a better patient experience and less likelihood of human error in reading prescriptions.

It is the second automated pharmacy system installed in a Qatar hospital, with a similar one operating at Al Wakra Hospital.

The system is two robots combined - the Medimat and the Speedbox which work together to manage dispensary for both complex prescriptions as well as for fast moving items that are in high demand. The total stock capacity for both is 14,000 packs.

"This will mean a shorter wait time for our patients and our highly trained pharmacists will be able to spend more time with each patient, imparting vital information and education about their medications," said Al Kuwari.

"We are always looking at ways to improve the patient experience and this is an excellent example of this commitment. New technology, services and processes have been implemented to improve quality and patient experience at all HMC hospitals and facilities."

Under the previous manual system, around 1,800 prescriptions were handled daily.

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