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Watch Robots Transform A California Hospital
National Public Radio

A hospital at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center has a robot filling prescriptions.

The $15 million system works like this: a doctor writes out an electronic prescription. At the pharmacy, a mechanical arm scoots past dozens of shelves and picks out the medicine. The pills are then sorted and dispensed into little packets. The packets are grouped together into these little rings — one ring for each patient.

In the old system, a doctor would write out a prescription by hand. A clerk would then have to scan and fax the prescription to a pharmacist by hand. The pharmacist would then have to type in the order into the computer. A pharmacy technician would go out and fill the prescription. The pharmacist would have to then go back and check the prescription.