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August 26, 2010

Maryland Hospital Installs First Medication Tracker in US

The first automated tracking and "chain-of-custody" system for medications has been installed in the US at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Aethon's MedEx System acts as an enhancement to the TUG robot, helping hospitals to chronologically document each medication delivery.

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The first automated tracking and “chain-of-custody” system for medications has been installed in the US at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Aethon’s MedEx System acts as an enhancement to the TUG robot, helping hospitals to chronologically document each medication delivery.

The system also tracks refrigerators, nurse servers, lock boxes and automated dispensing cabinets to ensure the proper storage, and can help to reduce medical errors, improving regulatory compliance and enhancing the patient outcomes.

Marc Summerfield, the facility’s director of pharmacy, said that the system should reduce a large volume of paperwork and lead to improved job satisfaction for nurses and pharmacy technicians.

“We also look forward to this system enhancing the accuracy and legibility of medication records,” Summerfield added.

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