Specimen-Toting Mobile Robot Moves to Florida Hospital

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Florida Hospital Orlando to automate laboratory transport with Swisslog autonomous mobile robot


Swisslog SpeciMinder Autonomous Mobile Robot

Swisslog, a leading provider of automated materials transport and medication management solutions, today announced that Florida Hospital Orlando has purchased and installed a SpeciMinder autonomous mobile robot to help transport materials throughout its sprawling central laboratory. The robot is fully operational as of this month.

Swisslog’s SpeciMinder robot is designed to relieve laboratory staff of manual transport chores. Specimens, tissues and other items are now moved among the various departments within Florida Hospital’s central lab by the robot.

“We chose SpeciMinder with the expectation that it will reduce the number of walking trips our staff needs to make, particularly during the night shift and off-hours when our staffing is minimized,” said Patrick O’Sullivan, the hospital’s director of clinical lab operations. “We expect the robot to improve our efficiency and turnaround time.”

SpeciMinder will traverse Florida Hospital’s large central laboratory, which includes a distance of several hundred feet between microbiology, tissue typing, serology, and central destinations.

SpeciMinder can operate 24 hours per day between battery recharging periods. It requires no facility modifications during installation, and its route can be quickly mapped and modified. SpeciMinder can transport a 50-pound payload at normal walking speeds through hallways as narrow as 27 inches.

Once SpeciMinder’s payload compartment is loaded, a destination button is selected and the robot automatically picks the most efficient route. After all deliveries are made, the robot returns to its charging station and remains there until called upon. SpeciMinder is available for either purchase or lease.

Swisslog also offers RoboCourier, similar to SpeciMinder but with a lockable payload compartment and elevator interface for hospital-wide materials transport. RoboCourier is typically used by the pharmacy to transport medications and supplies to nursing locations.

Swisslog Healthcare Solutions is the leading supplier of logistics automation solutions for healthcare facilities. Swisslog has installed automated materials transport and medication management solutions in more than 3,000 hospitals around the world, including more than 2,000 in North America. The North American division of Swisslog Healthcare Solutions is based in Denver, CO.

About Florida Hospital Orlando

Florida Hospital Orlando is a faith-based, full service teaching hospital focused on providing whole-person care. It is one of the largest not-for-profit hospitals in the country caring for more than a million patient visits per year. A member of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital Orlando is home to the largest diabetes and endocrine practice in Central Florida, as well as the Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes. The hospital has twice received the State of Florida "Governor's Sterling Award" for quality. For more information, visit http://www.floridahospital.com.

About Swisslog

Swisslog is a global provider of integrated logistics solutions for warehouses, distribution centers and hospitals. Its comprehensive services portfolio ranges from building complex warehouses and distribution centers to implementing Swisslog's own software to intra-company logistics solutions for hospitals.

Swisslog’s solutions optimize customers’ production, logistics and distribution processes in order to increase flexibility, responsiveness and quality of service while minimizing logistics costs. With years of experience in the development and implementation of integrated logistics solutions, Swisslog provides the expertise that customers in more than 50 countries rely on.

Headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, Swisslog currently employs over 2,000 staff in about 20 countries worldwide. The group’s parent company, Swisslog Holding AG, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (security number: 1232462, Telekurs: SLOG, Reuters: SLOG.S). For more information, visit http://www.swisslog.com.

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