New Saudi Hospital to Introduce Medication Dispensing Technology


Sarah Peddie

A new hospital in Saudi Arabia is set to open with new medication dispensing technology which will support the country’s healthcare infrastructure plans. 

The Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University Hospital located in the Eastern Province of the country has teamed up with a US-based pharmacy and medication management solutions company called Omnicell. 

The company will be in charge of a pharmacy automation system that will be put in place for inpatients. This will allow pharmacists to schedule medication dispensing. 

The Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 was put in place to reduce the dependency the country has on oil and diversify the economy - this will result in many services becoming digital. The new university hospital is one of the prime examples of this. 

The hospital itself is a new education healthcare facility with 500 beds and will open its doors in early 2021.

The hospital wants to set new standards in healthcare services and will introduce multiple Omnicell automation solutions. This will include automatic dispensing cabinets and controlled substance dispensers. 

There will also be a workstation for anaesthetists so they have instant access to medication whilst in the operating room. 

As well as supporting and helping pharmacies, there is hope that these solutions put in place will decrease any burden on other healthcare services throughout the Kingdom by giving patients the correct medication and the right time. 

Omnicell has been providing technology to healthcare providers in the Middle East for around 17 years, some include; King Faisal Specialist Hospital and National Guard Health Affairs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Dubai Health Authority.

The new systems will be put in place over the next few months and this will be followed by staff training so the hospital is ready to open in early 2021.

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