Safety is at the forefront of hospitals across the nation. According to a landmark report, To Err Is Human (2000) by The Institute of Medicine (IOM), between 44,000 and 98,000 patients die a year in the U.S. due to preventable medical errors, including wrongful administration of medication. Beyond the cost of human life, these errors cost the healthcare industry as much as $29M per year. This figure takes into account the expenses associated with additional care, loss of income and disability.
To reduce medication administration errors, hospitals are modifying their current medical dispensing systems in operation to prevent and eliminate these errors.