Mint Solutions is offering a system to reduce errors in patient medication administration. Medication errors are very common and it has been estimated that as much as one in five dosages are given incorrectly. These errors can be harmful to the patient and also add up to great costs for the healthcare system. MedEye hopes to eliminate these errors by using computer vision to identify the administered pills.
Existing approaches to reduce these errors consist of manual double-checking or using barcode systems. Problems with these approaches are that manual checking is still error prone and keeps nurses from their actual work, and barcode systems can be expensive. The MedEye system looks like a desktop computer, but that contains a camera that scans medication that is dropped into the tray. It then uses computer vision to identify, verify and register all the medications that are given. This can happen right next to the patient at the bedside, thus virtually eliminating the risk of medication errors during administration.
The MedEye requires almost no training for the users and can be installed within a very short timeframe. It can either be implemented as a standalone solution or as an integral part of the ePrescribing system of the hospital. The system has been implemented in a hospital in the Netherlands, and Mint is working with others in the UK and Germany to roll it out further.
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