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UHS implements Innovation’s pharmacy automation technology

BY Sandra Levy

Innovation, makers of PharmASSIST pharmacy automation solutions, announced Thursday that United Health Services has implemented the firm’s PharmASSIST Symphony+ workflow and dispensing technology at their newly opened UHS Retail Pharmacy, Summit Building at Binghamton General in Binghamton, N.Y.

UHS now has four outpatient pharmacies using Innovation’s PharmASSIST pharmacy automation and workflow platform; two sites with robotic dispensing systems and two with cabinet-based dispensing automation.

“With the opening of the UHS Retail Pharmacy, our plan was to match our outpatient pharmacy services across both our hospital sites so we would provide the same standard of care to all our patients,” said William Waldron, UHS director of pharmacy community practice. “Given our strong collaborative relationship with Innovation and how their technologies have helped us achieve enhanced workflows, patient safety, and other efficiencies, it made perfect sense to move forward with their automation at UHS Binghamton General.

UHS said the use of Innovation’s automation at its Binghamton General, Wilson Place/Johnson City, Delaware Valley/Walton and Vestal sites, it is positioning it’s pharmacists to optimize medication across the care continuum.

“The technology frees up valuable staff time, enabling them to better manage various tasks in a “hybrid” model approach to retail pharmacy offering many different services. The workflow hub also helps our sites gain complete transparency on all prescription statuses from prescription initiation through patient pickup. This is invaluable to us due to our offering various types of prescription filling services,” Waldron said.

“We couldn’t be happier that UHS has expanded their use of our technology and now has four pharmacies employing automation throughout the region,” said Christopher Kearse, Innovation division vice president, healthcare solutions. “Our long-time partnership with UHS shows how two successful local organizations can work together to provide high quality health care to the Southern Tier patient community and beyond.”

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