Jan 27, 2019
Robotic drug dispensing assessed by Spanish AQuAS
At the end of December 2019, the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS) published an assessment report on the economic, organization, and safety impact of robotic drug dispensing in Spanish hospitals.

This work aimed to estimate the impact of the implantation of robotic drug dispensing systems in Spanish hospitals for replacing non-robotic dispensing systems in the Spanish National Health System.

The AQuAS came to the following conclusions:
  • The robotization for the drugs dispensing process in outpatients would have an investment return of more than 10 years, 7, 6 and 5 years associated with hospitals of about 300, 600, 900 and 1,200 beds respectively
  • The investment return for the drug dispensing automated system in hospitalized patients would correspond to more than 10 years in the basic case for any number of beds
  • It is relevant to pay attention that the investments in robotization in hospitals drugs dispensing systems have sense whenever a model is searched preferentially
  • The robotization of the hospital drugs dispensing system should go accompanied of general planning with defined objectives and the data collection -under protocol- of minimum health results of the pre-post process, to facilitate the future decision-making process in this area, as well as setting up mechanisms to assess the final decision made

See the full health technology assessment report in Spanish here.

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