UnitDoseOne was the result of a group of talented and open-minded engineers and programmers deciding to create a company that they claim will soon become a synonym of innovation in hospital automation.
Why? Because whether we like it or not, we will end up at the hospital eventually. And when it happens, we want the best care there is, supported by the state-of-the-art technology. This is why QuizIT Sp. z o.o. designed, developed and built our first product -- a robotic hospital pharmacy -- UnitDoseOne.
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Year Established: 2012
No. of Employees: 15
Target Market: Hospital pharmacies
Product: Unit Dose One
Contact: Jakub Musialek
We started the project in June 2015, but the idea of doing it first emerged in 2013. For those two years, we’ve been building a team which could do the job. We also created some partial prototypes to see if we can manage such a task.
So far, the team has received an EU grant of about $956,000 (800,000 EUR) and secured the seed investment of $358,000 (300,000 EUR). We’ve been also named Top 10 Robotics Companies Disrupting Healthcare by disruptordaily.com and The Best Polish Medical Startups by Forbes Money.
The team is now 15 people, including two co-founders, an academic professor with over 20 years of experience in the field of robotics, seven engineers, specialists in construction, robotics and automation systems, four programmers and a designer, taking care of user-friendly designs and ergonomics.
UnitDoseOne -- we help hospitals distribute medicines faster and more efficiently, which leads to the reduction of errors by over 99%.
Improving drug distribution with automation
We solve the key problems with the current hospital drug-distribution process. From the patient side, safety is the chief concern -- 1 out of 10 hospital patients receives the wrong meds, which can lead to complications and even death.
From the hospital side, it is the effectiveness of drug therapies. Hospitals spend up to 30% too much on medicines, due to inaccurate therapies, drugs misuse or inefficient use and even drug theft. We also address the issue of the waste of staff time -- nurses spend up to 40% of their time doing manual record keeping and drug preparation. This leaves little time for dispensing and patient care for nurses.
The greatest benefit is the pharmacotherapy cost reduction and increased efficiency. This means not only lower spending on medicines, but also more accurate therapies and the reduction of errors. Hospitals can offer a better care to more patients. Right now, a patient receiving the wrong drugs can spend three extra days in the hospital and cost up to 3,000 euro ($3,500) more to cure. This means 8 million less drug incidents, 24 million hospital days saved and 24 billion euro ($28.6 billion) in savings in Europe a year.
The problem's importance is confirmed by the Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety, which has just been launched by World Health Organization. It aims at halving medication errors in the next five years. Moreover, in February 2016, the EU passed a Falsified Medication Directive -- another initiative aiming at the patient safety increase.
UnitDoseOne to take on, improve hospital pharmacy duties
UnitDoseOne is a robotic pharmacy which prepares doses of medicines in individual sets for hospital patients. The system knows which medicines are required each day, who and when placed them into our machine, who prescribed what and finally who delivered them to the patient.
The UnitDoseOne robotizes the entire drug distribution process in the hospital pharmacy. Robotization comes here in two meanings: automation of physical processes of drug handling, as well as supporting hospital staff in monotonous and repetitive procedures related to medicine delivery and monitoring.
Thanks to our unique technology, we are able to work also with medium sized hospitals, unlike our competition, which targets only the biggest facilities. The difference is our philosophy -- we adapt to the hospital, not the other way around.
We’ve designed UnitDoseOne to be more compact and versatile, and therefore, fully scalable. One can say that we are like Lego -- all modules fit with each other, can be easily arranged in the pharmacy and expanded, according to the growing needs. Our revolutionary and exceptional plug-and-play modular robotic system fits in every hospital pharmacy -- no need for costly makeovers.
Competitors offer systems that are expensive and require a lot of floor space along with major makeovers in order to start operating. They have to be implemented as a whole, while we allow a gradual growth with one dispensing unit at a time, instead of the “all or nothing” system.
Alternative solutions include oral solids dispensing machines or electronically controlled ward pharmacies. The first group solves only part of the problem: The vials or ampoules have to be processed manually. Ward pharmacies are automated (pick-by-light system), but require frequent manual refilling and take time to manually prepare therapies for patients.
UnitDoseOne combines the best from the existing solutions. It’s compact (like dispensing machines), modular (like ward pharmacy cabinets), and fully robotized with many types of drugs supported.