For Immediate Release
Edward Hospital Installs ATM-Style Prescription Drug Dispenser:
Offers Patients Unprecedented New Level of Care and Convenience
Naperville, IL | October 10, 2013 - Edward Hospital today announced it has begun offering InstyMeds, a fully automated ATM-style machine that dispenses prescription medications directly to patients immediately before leaving the emergency department. The system offers a safe, convenient way for patients in DuPage and Will Counties to receive their prescription medications.
InstyMeds dispensers are available at the Edward Hospital Emergency Department, 801 S. Washington St. in Naperville and the Edward Plainfield 24/7 ER, 24600 W. 127th Street in Plainfield.
The new system eliminates the need for patients to have to wait for their prescription at a nearby pharmacy when they're not feeling well. They can now have those prescriptions filled right in the ER.
The InstyMeds system automates the entire process from the prescriber issuing the prescription, to the patient obtaining their medications, and payment collection. The patient can obtain their medications and be on their way in about the same time it takes them to use their bank ATM.
How it works. The medical provider enters a prescription electronically and gives patients a voucher with a unique security code. Using the touch-screen of the InstyMeds dispenser, the patient enters the unique security code and their date of birth. The patient then swipes a debit or credit card to pay for the medication or insurance co-pay. After the machine performs a triple bar code safety check, the pre-packaged, labeled medication is dispensed from the machine to the patient. The entire process typically takes a couple of minutes.
Patient Compliance: Studies show that 30 percent of prescriptions that doctors write go unfilled and costs the health care industry $289 billion a year. The added convenience of the InstyMeds system increases the likelihood that the patient will fill their prescription and undergo the medication treatment plan.
About Edward Hospital Edward Hospital in Naperville, established in 1907, has 309 private patient rooms and offers access to complex medical specialties and innovative programming, including advanced cardiac care at Edward Heart Hospital, the most up-to-date cancer diagnosis and treatment at Edward Cancer Center and world class stroke care through the Edward Neurosciences Institute in affiliation with the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. Edward has been designated as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, and is one of only three hospitals in DuPage County and the only one serving Will County to have earned the prestigious recognition. For more information, visit www.edward.org.
About InstyMeds InstyMeds provides a fully automated, direct to patient pharmacy logistics system that dramatically improves prescription fill rates and reduces the downstream costs associated with patient noncompliance. With over two million prescription medications dispensed, InstyMeds' mission is to make patients better, quicker, by providing immediate access to prescription medications. For more information, call 1-866-467-8963 or visit www.instymeds.com.
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Keith Hartenberger, Edward Hospital
Emily Caroon, InstyMeds