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Qatar to launch medicine vending machines soon

Science & Technology | 2016/02/28 at 11:59 AM | 31 Views

Automated self-service kiosks vending doctor-prescribed medicines may replace pharmacies at major healthcare facilities in the country soon.

The new Women’s Hospital is currently experimenting with such a service and the pilot project has so far been successful.

Various departments of the hospital have set up automated self-service kiosks that give away medicines to patients prescribed by its doctors.

Al Sharq reports that this is the first such automated medicine delivery mechanism for patients being experimented in the Middle East.

“Once the service takes off the new Women’s Hospital here will be the first healthcare facility in the entire Middle East to have such a service,” said the daily.

The idea is to provide a better patient experience and ensure that the patient doesn’t have to wait at the hospital’s pharmacy in a queue to access the medicines prescribed by a doctor.

It is understood that once a patient has seen a doctor and he or she has written a prescription, the former can go up to a self-service kiosk nearby and key in his or her health number and access the prescribed medicines in no time.

If the patient has a query, he or she can dial the pharmacy from a phone hanging in the kiosk and the needed phone numbers will all be there. All the patient has to do is to press a button to access the pharmacy-phone-in service.

Many departments of the new Women’s Hospital are experimenting with the novel service, and the experiment has so far proved successful, the daily said.

Qatar’s public health authorities have been quite innovative.

To recall, Hamad Medical City has recently launched an electronic service to help motorists locate their cars in its vast new parking facility.

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