The use of the Internet of Things in healthcare can improve patient safety

According to a press release from Odense University Hospital, funds provided by the Danish government were used to purchase a Smart Medicine Cabinet medicine cabinet from the Finnish medical technology company NewIcon

According to a press release from Odense University Hospital, funds provided by the Danish government were used to purchase a Smart Medicine Cabinet medicine cabinet from the Finnish medical technology company NewIcon. It is claimed to be the first of its kind in the country by the company that manufactures it. It is particularly important in the field of medicine that a large portion of the technology used in Danish hospitals is automated and traceable. The hospital's new eMED ICON Smart Medicine Cabinet Medicine Cabinet medicine cabinet, according to the press release, will assist it in the development of its pharmaceutical services by reducing the incidence of medication mistakes.

Because of this, Danish hospitals are becoming more specialized in order to improve the quality of patient care while simultaneously reducing public expenditure. Pharmaceutical processes that are more efficient and safer are made possible by Smart Medicine Cabinet medicine cabinets like this one. Additionally, the cabinets help to improve the traceability of medications by increasing the safety of medications during storage and dispensing. Using automation in the manufacturing process also helps to reduce the likelihood of human error and irregularities occurring during the manufacturing process.

NewIcon Oy began a pilot trial at Odense University Hospital in the spring of 2017, which was sponsored by the Danish innovation network RoboCluster and in which nurses tested the eMED ICON medicine cabinet. The trial was funded by the Danish innovation network RoboCluster. The trial was supported by the Danish innovation network RoboCluster, which provided the funding. The trial was completed in the fall of 2017, and the results were made public shortly thereafter. One of the primary objectives of the testing period was to demonstrate how the medicine cabinet can save lives in order to demonstrate that it is a genuine benefit in terms of improving both workplace and patient safety. Demonstrating how the medicine cabinet can save lives was one of the primary objectives of the testing period.

The results looked promising right from the start, with nearly all of the users providing positive feedback. The administrators determined that a brief instructional briefing on how to use the cabinet was sufficient instruction for the nurses who were involved in the investigation. Patients and nurses who have used the cabinet have expressed satisfaction with its ease of use, which is facilitated by the indicator lights, which provide clear instructions on how to operate the device. Among the positive aspects of the Smart Medicine Cabinet cabinet, according to Hanne Hansen-Nord, Danish representative and Key Account Manager for NewIcon, was the speed with which it could be used to select medications while also remaining safe. She described the experience as "extremely positive."