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SP Creating World's First in 7 Months

SP Creating World's First in 7 Months

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SP Creating World's First in 7 Months

  1. 1. Creating a World’s First in 7 Months Facts About Bottle Dispensing System (BDS) •First of its kind in the world, the BDS is part of KKH's Outpatient Pharmacy Automation System (OPAS), a MOH-funded collaboration with Integrated Health Information Systems, Getech Automation, Singapore Polytechnic, NCS and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). •The BDS is a fully automated system that is compact in size and yet capable of storing more than 4,000 pharmaceutical bottles of 80 different shapes and dimensions.
  2. 2. Creating a World’s First in 7 Months Overcoming Challenges So, what made the team take up the project against all odds? "We were all from the industry and would like to remain relevant to the industry in terms of our skills set. We believe that this is a good opportunity to train and value-add our students." Mr Steven Tan shared. "We also have combined more than 50 years of experience in design and we were confident that we can complete the project on time." The team at MDC (left to right): Mr Soon Yew Boon, Mr Pan Seng Kie, Mr Steven Tan, Mr Alan Chan, Mr Kang Hai Thiam
  3. 3. Creating a World’s First in 7 Months However, it was not all smooth sailing from the start. After the team confirmed the project, more specifications were added and as a result, the schedule could not go according to plan. Mr Soon Yew Boon recalled, "The most challenging part was the design phase. As some of the technical information were only disclosed after the confirmation, a lot of time was spent on refining the design.“ Looking back at the late nights and weekends burnt for the project, Mr Pan Seng Kie joked, "One of the most memorable experience was finding out what's showing on TV at 3 am!" However, the team's hard work has paid off as the BDS now runs in full operation 24/7 and is expected to save a total of 8,760 hours annually for pharmacy staff who had to manually pick, pack, assemble and label bottles!
  4. 4. Creating a World’s First in 7 Months The OPAS at KKH was also recently awarded the Outstanding ICT Innovation Award at the HIMSS- Elsevier Digital Healthcare Awards 2015, for the most innovative and "out-of-the box" information and communications technology (ICT) solutions used to improve patient care and safety. Since its setup in 1999, MDC's role has slowly evolved from being a teaching factory to focusing more on innovative and impactful projects. Another world's first innovation by MDC was iCollect, an automated passport dispensing machine for the Immigration and Custom Authority. We look forward to more of such impactful contributions by the MDC! This project is one of the winners of the SP EETC R&D Excellence Award. The award seeks to recognise staff for their achievements and contributions to applied R&D and aims to motivate researchers towards excellence in their R&D endeavours. The BDS has been in operation at KKH since March 2015.
  5. 5. Watch the video by KKH to find out more about OPAS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6iUTGZTkm8&feature=youtu.be
  6. 6. www.sp.edu.sg Singapore Polytechnic 500 Dover Road Singapore 139651 tel. (65) 6775 1133 fax. (65) 6870 6189
  7. 7. www.sp.edu.sg Singapore Polytechnic 500 Dover Road Singapore 139651 tel. (65) 6775 1133 fax. (65) 6870 6189

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