Aug 3, 2020

Medicine Management Technology

pharmacy automation
medicine management
Emily Cook
2 min
medicine management in healthcare pharmacy with automation technology
The future of healthcare is in medicine management technology...

The future of healthcare is in medicine management technology. 

Technology adoption in recent years has been a huge leap for the healthcare sector and there is still room for improvement. Innovation surrounding tech like artificial intelligence, machine learning and 3D printing have broadened the scope for what is possible. It’s assisted in streamlining processes, mitigate risk and provide more time to healthcare staff. 

A technology that often doesn’t get discussed enough is that assisting Medicine Management. The job for healthcare professionals to prescribe medication is a lengthy task that needs to be done to a high degree of accuracy. However, with the introduction of automation, healthcare providers can achieve cost effective and accurate results. 

Companies providing Solutions

Medicine Management Robotics is a UK-based automation company that believes the future of pharmacy lies in the hands of automation. Over the past 5 years they have installed over 50 automation solutions in pharmacies, hospitals and prisons. They offer solutions such as compliance aid, pack dispensing and ‘Hub & Spoke’ - “the centralisation of dispensing workloads where the spoke receives the prescription and the hub assembles the order” as part of solutions tailored to individual needs. 

They state that it’s compliance aid solution can “reduce costs for producing compliance aids by 50%.” and “can also reduce staff time on the compliance aid process by 80%.”. With this technology, the manual processes are diminished, freeing up time for medicine management teams and assisting greatly in reducing costs. 

In an effort to reduce human error and human, BD provides technology solutions including automated medication storage, medication dispensing and point of care verification. They believe in bringing safety and practise together to improve patient safety and ensure clinicians deliver the right care at the right time. 

They provide a solution called the Rowa system that uses technology to produce accurate and reliable processes for the packaging of oral, solid medication. The system ensures a high level of safety for the healthcare worker and the patient, uninterrupted packaging of orders allows for high order volume and cost-effective work.

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May 13, 2021

Birdie aims to reinvent elderly care with tech

3 min
We take a look at homecare software startup Birdie, who are aiming to transform elderly care in the UK

British startup Birdie has announced it has raised £8.2 million to invest in innovation and scale up the business. 

The company's announcement is timely as it follows the criticism of the UK government over their lack of a plan for social care, despite acknowledging the sector is in crisis - around a quarter of the UK's home care providers are on the brink of bankruptcy due to a lack of funds and staffing. 

Birdie was born with a mission to  "radically improve the lives of millions of older adults", by using app-based solutions, IoT and machine learning to put preventative care at the forefront.  The company was founded by Max Parmentier,  after experiencing his own frustrations with the care system - his grandfather struggled with the impact of life in a care home, but lacked any other option. 

In 2017 Parmentier partnered with venture builder Kamet Ventures to  set up Birdie, in a bid to fix this problem. Since then, Birdie has partnered with almost 500 providers across the UK, and supports more than 20,000 older people every week. In the past 12 months alone the number of people Birdie supports has got six times greater. 

Birdie’s solution is an app to help care providers deliver more coordinated, personalised and preventative care, by giving them access to digital assessments, medication scheduling and planning tools. By using digital tools to take care of admin, staff have more time to spend with their care recipients. 

The new investment will be used to fund Birdie’s next phase of growth in the UK, as the company scales to meet the rapidly growing demand of the aging population. The company will also invest in product innovation, creating new features to address customer requests.

In addition, Birdie is piloting new care models, including partnering with the NHS to identify COVID-19 symptoms, building predictive pharmacy models with AI, and helping health authorities to detect early warning signs of patients’ health risks.

Internally, Birdie is committed to having a progressive company ethos. All salaries are transparent, and staff work asynchronously to maximise flexibility and equity. Staff members also volunteer in their local community during office hours, and the company offsets all its emissions.

These efforts have led to numerous awards, including having the best SME culture in the UK, an Honorable Mention in the Health category of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards, and innovation in care at the LangBuisson awards. 

“We believe the future of care for older people should be helping them to live at home for as long as possible through the delivery of personalised and preventative care" Parmentier said. 

"Birdie is already the partner of choice for caregivers up and down the UK, and this new funding will help us rapidly increase the number we partner with and what we can offer them - meaning more people benefiting from more affordable, quality care. We’re proud of our mission and the values we embody to pursue it.” 

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