UHS' robot counts and fills prescriptions

By Brandi Bailey

February 26, 2014 Updated Feb 26, 2014 at 7:27 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A locally designed robot makes the job easier for pharmacists at UHS.

The Innovation Robot spends its day filling prescriptions and counting pills.

"A person comes in, we punch in their name, it tells us where it is, if it's on the shelf or being counted or it’s being verified. It's a helpful system," UHS pharmacist Gayle Klein said.

It allows pharmacists to spend more time counseling patients.

The robot was engineered by a Johnson City company called Innovation.

The company says its overall goal is to fit the needs of its clients.

"We organize those in different footprints for different application. This is a fairly typical robot that would go into a retail pharmacy or hospital," said Chief Operating Officer Tom Boyer.

The UHS robot can hold up to 140 different medications at a time.

Pharmacists say the robot keeps a steady count and is typically faster than its staff.

"Once we fill a prescription through out system, it automatically sends it to the robot so we might not even have the paperwork ready for it and it's already counting," Klein said.

UHS currently has two systems and will be receiving a third within the next six months.

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