Johns Hopkins Hospital is installing a robotic system to automate the way it prepares injectable medications.
The hospital is buying technology developed by Daytona Beach, Fla.-based ForHealth Technologies Inc., the company said Tuesday. ForHealth said its robots prepare 9 million intravenous drug dosages for hospitals across the country, with an eye on improving care and boosting the safety and efficiency of pharmacy operations.
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. ForHealth's system -- called "Intellifill i.v." -- uses bar code scanning and other tools to automate drug preparation and labeling. Bar codes cut down on medical errors, executives said, and by preparing the doses in a syringe instead of a bag, costs are cut further.