In the field of hospital pharmacy strong> is estimated that 40% of errors is in prescribing, 25% in the management process and 13% in inaccuracies when transcribing prescriptions. An Andalusian patent strong>, trademarked IPharma strong>, has managed to eliminate failures in the delivery of medicines to hospitalized patients, alleviate the work of pharmacy technicians and nurses who are responsible for dispensing and reduce costs throughout the process. This method has been developed by the Andalusian spinoff Naranjo Intelligent Solutions (NIS) strong>, in collaboration with Andalusian researchers at the Hospital of Granada strong> and the Institute of biomedical research of the Nazari capital.
“A miracle occurred, the transfer of knowledge” strong> says the CEO of NIS strong>, where the idea originated in 2012. This small company emerged in the department of architecture and computer technology of the School of Informatics, University of Granada. Five unemployed engineers , who saw very bleak labor horizons at the height of the crisis, decided to “start up the american way” strong> together as a team and find a business niche in which to apply their knowledge of cloud computing , circuits and sensor networks and artificial intelligence.
“Within the Economic layout of Granada strong> we saw that one of the fastest growing markets was health,” explains the CEO of NIS. From there, they initiated contacts with medical researchers to detect problems that could be solved by applying those electronic engineering solutions. “We focused on the hospital dispensing drugs strong> and started ‘prototyping’ a possible solution until we saw that it could be doable.”
In 2014, iPharma was registered for the first time, jointly between NIS and the Andalusian Healthcare Service strong> (SAS) and subsequently the international patenting process began. Currently, this system has started its commercial road strong> and will be implanted in first instance in the University Hospitalary Complex of the Technological Health Park of Granada. Strong> The idea is to extend it to other Spanish public and private healthcare centers, and go abroad with Chile strong> as a first target market.
Through visual cues strong>, which illuminate the location, and audio strong>, fixing the number of drugs, the system reads the prescription of the doctor and tells the pharmacy technician strong> where to take the medicine from the store and in which box strong> must be deposited for a particular patient. The method will have new applications such as stock control.