US Patent No. 10,335,953

PHARMACY AUTOMATION USING AUTONOMOUS ROBOT


Patent No. 10,335,953
Issue Date July 02, 2019
Title Pharmacy Automation Using Autonomous Robot
Inventorship Neil S. Davey, Gaithersburg, MD (US)
Brendan Boyce Murphy, San Francisco, CA (US)
Sonya R. Davey, Gaithersburg, MD (US)
Haris Godil, Boyds, MD (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,335,953

1. A pharmacy automation system comprising a robot, the robot being configured to:automatically create a schedule for delivery of a prescribed medication at regular intervals to a patient with a chronic illness, the schedule being based on the refill rate of the prescribed medication prescribed for the patient;
communicate the schedule electronically to the patient in advance of the time at which the delivery is to be made;
receive approval of the schedule from the patient and patient's doctor;
determine the mode of pick-up from the scheduled; and
deliver the prescribed medication;
wherein the mode of pick-up is self-pick or proxy pick-up, wherein the robot is further configured to:
interact with an inventory of goods to determine if the prescribed medication is available in the pharmacy;
if the prescribed medication is available in the pharmacy:
use an internal mapping of at least a portion of the pharmacy to interact with a medication dispenser to fill a container with the prescribed medication, and store the container;
when the patient or the proxy arrives to pick up the prescribed medication, to check and approve an identification of the patient or the proxy; and
retrieve the container with the prescribed medication and hand the container with the prescribed medication over to the patient or proxy.