Sentara RMH Medical Center Installs New Pharmacy Robot
State-of-the-art technology enhances patient safety and pharmacy staff efficiency
The Pharmacy at Sentara RMH Medical Center has installed a new state-of-the-art pharmacy robot for automated dispensing of patient medications. The hospital is the second in the world to install the Omnicell XR2 Automated Central Pharmacy System.
The XR2 replaces the hospital’s previous robot that met the hospital’s needs for the past 17 years. The new robot has the capacity to hold more than 60,000 doses of medication—compared to the 12,000 doses that the previous robot held—and is being utilized to handle patient-specific medication needs by advanced algorithms and robotic technology. With its increased storage capacity and accurate inventory control, the XR2 robot reduces the need for handling of medications by technicians and pharmacists, giving them more time to focus on patient-care needs.
“The higher storage capacity and greater efficiency of our new pharmacy robot translates into a tremendous benefit to patients and staff, both in terms of increased accuracy and safety in medication dispensing, and in saving staff time,” said Bill Thomas, Pharmacy Team Coordinator and XR2 Project Lead.
The XR2’s advanced algorithms increase throughput and also ensures that earliest expiring medications are selected first, reducing medication waste. The robot’s barcode system also reduces the opportunity for human error. Additionally, the new robot also improves efficiency on patient floors in the hospital. “We’re able to continue to place medications in patient rooms, allowing nurses to maximize their time with patients by helping them locate medications more quickly and efficiently,” said Jamin Engel, Pharmacy Manager.