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Palex Medical introduces the new generation of the Omnicell Medimat robot to adapt to the pharmacy of the future.

Palex launches the new generation of the Omnicell Medimat robot on the Spanish market, the robot for dispensing medicines to outpatients.

The innovative solution brings together Omnicell’s cutting-edge technology and in-depth knowledge of pharmacy workflows to support pharmacies by:

  • Supporting patient safety by automating the handling of medication packages, reducing the risk of human dispensing errors.
  • Improving efficiency and savings.
  • Freeing up staff from administrative and logistical tasks to spend more time with customers.

Enhanced patient safety

Omnicell’s Medimat next generation solution will make the transition from manual to automated processes easy, seamless, and rewarding. Without technology, patient safety can be compromised through dispensing errors resulting from multiple dispensing processes, time constraints and too many human interactions. Omnicell’s new solution reduces dispensing errors by simplifying the process and driving down the number of human interactions involved in the pharmacy workflow.

Efficient use of time

Pharmacists often end up spending valuable time on back office, administrative and logistical tasks such as stock management and searching for medication that needs to be picked. These tasks can all be automated with the next generation Medimat, relieving the repetitive process of dispensing, and freeing up staff to spend more time building relationships with patients and operating at the top of their clinical licence. Pharmacists will know where the drug is within the robot and what quantities are available. In addition, it enables them to track slow moving items and eliminate wasted or out of date stock. This is critical when handling large numbers of prescriptions and will help business to grow as the pharmacy can deliver on a prescription request. As the Medimat generates a real time report on stock usage, the need for manual stock counts is eliminated, saving valuable time.

The new generation is faster and has patented suction cups on the robotic arm that ensure that the boxes are not damaged and the bottles are not broken during the loading and dispensing process.

Inputting medication into the new solution is safer due to its highly effective scan station, while the direct mode enables users to have medication available for immediate dispensing. With an input speed of up to 750 packs per hour, Omnicell’s direct mode is one of the fastest available. The new solution has even greater pack capacity than its predecessor and is available with up to 10 metres of conveyor belt.

Financial savings

Omnicell’s new solution not only improves workflow and efficiency but also offers value for money. Lack of inventory accuracy and control is costing pharmacies money through expired stock and a lack of bulk buying power. Automation, like the next generation Medimat, enables you to keep track of expiry dates and manage medication by FEFO.

Features of the Medimat include:

  • A re-engineered gripper to provide a more robust gripping system.
  • An increased stock capacity.
  • New Fill in Door for faster input and FMD scanning process.
  • Ability to manage part packs via new Fill in Door.
  • FlexArea shelves to make storage flexible and adaptable.
  • Ability to manage larger pack dimensions, increasing the number of lines that can be automated.
  • A modern look and feel, available in colours to match pharmacy branding.

Lack of space within pharmacy means many businesses wrongly believe that automation is not an option as staff already have limited space in which to dispense medication. As with Omnicell’s previous robotic dispensing system, the next generation Medimat is available in bespoke sizes and configurations to suit the individual need of any pharmacy.

Sara Dalmasso, General Manager and Vice President of Omnicell International, comments; “By enabling pharmacies to save time, money and reduce dispensing errors, Omnicell’s next generation Medimat can help to future-proof a pharmacy business. This exciting new solution provides efficiency, reliability and helps to facilitate a return to more patient-facing care”.

About Omnicell

Omnicell is an American company that provides solutions for the management of medicines focused on patient safety and efficiency in the field of health since 1992.

About Palex Medical

Palex Medical is the leading provider of advanced solutions for healthcare professionals in the hospital, laboratory and research areas in Spain and Portugal.

Palex is official distributor for Omnicell products from its Hospital Logistics and Engineering Division, counting more than 15 years of experience in robotization and improvement of hospital pharmacy processes, with its own technical team for project management, integration of computer systems and technology implementation.

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