A Winnipeg-made robotic pharmacy compounding system developed by Intelligent Hospital Systems (IH Systems), has been named the industry leader for the second year in row by an industry research firm.
In the "2014 Best in KLAS: Medical Equipment & Infrastructure" report, the system, called RIVA (robotic intravenous automation) had an overall score of 81.3, the highest for IV robots.
This is the third time in three years that RIVA has been recognized in a KLAS report. An earlier study of pharmacy automation, "U.S. IV Automation: Robots and Workflow Solutions in 2012," gave RIVA high marks for having needed functionality, being ready for widespread industry use and customers that would buy it again.
Data in the 2013 report found 95 percent of RIVA customers surveyed by KLAS indicated they would buy the RIVA system again.
KLAS is a research firm that works with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, gathering data on software, services, medical equipment and infrastructure systems.
"Ongoing pharmacy product recalls and the passage of legislation in the U.S. to better regulate pharmacies show automation is an increasingly necessary solution for safe and efficient pharmacy production," said Niels Erik Hansen, president and CEO of IH Systems. "RIVA continues to be recognized by pharmacists not only for enhancing medication and patient safety, but also for increasing efficiency and reducing costs."