Innovation, makers of PharmASSIST® pharmacy automation solutions, today announced that Northeast Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC), based in San Fernando, California, is using the company’s PharmASSIST ROBOTx® robotic dispensing system to fill prescriptions for their 12 health centers including their state-of-the-art mobile van, located throughout the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.

“Prior to implementing PharmASSIST ROBOTx, we were struggling to keep up with the prescription volume across all our health centers, which was putting a lot of stress on our staff. Since going live earlier this year, we are now able to complete our daily workload, which averages 650 prescriptions but goes as high as 1200 prescriptions on some days,” said Rosie Jadidian, Pharm.D, director of pharmacy, NEVHC. “The robot currently fills about 50% of all prescriptions, which has been a great time saver and workflow enhancement. As a result, our staff is much calmer and better organized, and our technicians are now free to focus on other important tasks within the pharmacy.”

In addition to boosting productivity, Jadidian said the robotic system has enabled NEVHC to make plans to open another new health center without hiring a pharmacist to handle the increased prescription volume. “In the past, we have needed to hire additional staff when we opened new health centers. This is the first time we’ve been able to move forward with our current staff, so we’re also looking forward to realizing a true labor savings because of the technology,” said Jadidian.

NEVHC’s PharmASSIST ROBOTx has 140 dispensers that automate the counting of their top prescription movers across all their health centers. ROBOTx’ intelligent dispensers count simultaneously to provide high prescription throughput for the network, and the system integrates with their GuardianRx™ pharmacy management system (from Carepoint) to deliver real-time prescription order flow. The robot’s compact footprint (16 square feet), which Jadidian said was a “huge factor in our decision,” fits easily into their San Fernando Pharmacy’s small space of under 600 square feet.

About Northeast Valley Health Corporation
NEVHC is a private non-profit community health center that provides comprehensive health services to the medically uninsured and underserved residents of the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys of Southern California. Programs and services include Dental, Pharmacy, Radiology, Women’s Health and Prenatal Services, Pediatric Services, Immunizations, Case Management, Health Education, Behavioral Health and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program.

About Innovation Associates
Innovation, a leader in the world of automated prescription dispensing and workflow systems, offers the PharmASSIST family of products to address the prescription growth, quality assurance, pharmacy workflow, and cost control challenges of all types of pharmacies. Using PharmASSIST pharmacy automation solutions, pharmacies increase operational efficiency, enhance patient safety, and set new benchmarks for quality, productivity, and customer satisfaction.

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