When patients leave Abbott Northwestern hospital in Minneapolis, they can now head straight home rather than to the drugstore. They already have their medications in hand, having extracted their first prescription from an ATM-like vending machine in their doctor’s office.
Ken Rosenblum, M.D., CEO of Mendota Healthcare in Minnetonka, says the need for such a system hit him one night when he was roaming the city looking for an open pharmacy to fill a prescription.
Though there were many nearby pharmacies, Dr. Rosenblum couldn’t find one open at that time of night. After doing some investigation, he found that pharmacies are facing a critical, nationwide pharmacist shortage. Along with pharmacists, doctors, and engineers, Dr. Rosenblum spent the next two years developing the InstyMeds prescription dispenser. An on-site pilot program that began in April 2001 has been completed successfully and the system is now being…
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Experts on this topic
Douglas Hoey. VP for practice affairs, National Community Pharmacists Association, Alexandria, Va.; NCPA
represents the pharmacist owners, managers, and employees of nearly 25,000 independent community pharmacies across the U.S.
Jack McCall. Executive VP, PD-Rx Pharmaceuticals, Oklahoma City, Okla.; PD-Rx Pharmaceuticals provides a complete line of pharmaceuticals, packaging services, software development, and clinical pharmacy consulting services
Keenan Richardson, M.D. Practicing physician, South Lakes Pediatrics, Minnetonka, Minn.; South Lakes Pediatrics is a pediatric healthcare facility
Ken Rosenblum, M.D. Founder and CEO of Mendota Healthcare, Minneapolis, Minn.; Mendota Healthcare developed the InstyMeds prescription dispensing system — the healthcare industry’s first fully automated, ATM-style,dispenser of prescription medications