Parata’s Vice President of Engineering David Calderwood spoke to other robotics experts about how Parata Systems commercialized its retail pharmacy dispensing technology, the engineering challenges and the keys to the company’s market success at the 2008 RoboBusiness Conference and Expo, held in Pittsburgh. Calderwood presented as part of the RoboMedicus track, which profiles use of robotics in healthcare.
The company’s Parata RDS (Robotic Dispensing System) automates prescription dispensing, and set new benchmarks for performance. It fills up to 154 prescriptions/hour with an automated process that includes labeling a vial, filling, capping and sorting each prescription by patient last name. The solution is 100 percent accurate for drug and dose, reducing the risk of prescription error in pharmacy.
“Unlike many dot-com startups in which a company formed to take a cool technology and find a market for it, Parata emerged from a ‘perfect storm’ of industry issues – a pharmacist shortage, increasing prescription volumes and legislative pressures that decreased reimbursements – and set out to find a technology solution,” Calderwood said.
Today, Parata Systems has more than 1,500 units across the United States.
About Parata Systems
Durham, N.C.-based Parata Systems, LLC, offers industry-leading technology that improves safety and convenience at key touch points in the circle of pharmacy care:
1. Fill. Parata RDS (Robotic Dispensing System) improves the speed and accuracy of dispensing at retail pharmacies
2. Serve. Parata APM expands convenience, safety and privacy with self-service prescription pick up
3. Adhere. Parata onePAC packaging improves patient safety by promoting better adherence with easy-to-use, customized, convenience packaging for medications.
To learn more call, click or visit Parata Systems, http://www.parata.com, , 1-888-PARATA1 (727-2821).
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