Two Types of Robots Staking Claim in the Medical Care Industry

Synergy Medical has designed the Synmed automated oral medication delivery system. This is a machine which prepares and dispenses solid oral medications into blister packs for easy use by patients.  Of course, this is a relatively new innovation in the medical industry, an idea that could help to lower some hospital costs associated with pharmacy labor and patient management.  It might also help to reduce the risk for patients receiving the wrong medications or the incorrect dosages; alternately also ensuring that the medicines are always delivered on time. As a matter of fact, hospitals employing SynMed automation have already reported a reduction in medicine preparation time by more than 75 percent when compared to manual preparation and the extent of time related to medicine verification reduced by as much as 50 percent.Related image

SynMed, though, is only one of many innovative medical machines commonly employed by hospitals and medical clinics throughout the United States and Canada, today that are helping to improve care and hospital administration.


Similar to the SynMed automated prescription dispensary system, the Aethon TUG improves efficiency in supply distribution. This can include medication as well as linens and food.  The machine is actually a wheeled robot that follows a scheduled directive for delivering these supplies throughout a hospital. In fact, you can program it to handle more than one floor as it can even ride the elevator!  It can also perform acute, on-demand deliveries if you need to veer slightly from the daily program. The robot has been designed to handle these more remedial tasks so health care professionals can focus more on providing excellent care; and to save money as well.  Experts estimate hospitals spend $4 million, annually, on pushing carts through hallways to deliver supplies, food, and medicine.


The Bestic is a tabletop machine that can assist in feeding. It is excellent, then, for saving manpower and man-hours for feeding patients who are not able to feed themselves. From broken arms to paralysis, this robot can provide feeding assistance through a robotic arm that can, if you choose, be operated by a foot pedal or through peripheral devices like a joystick. Like the TUG, this machine could reduce labor costs by not involving human medical professionals in these simpler tasks.

Ellen Cone