Improving medication and patient safety through innovation.
UCSF Medical Center executive leadership has recognized medication safety as a top priority over the past decade. Significant investment has been made in technologies utilized within the Department of Pharmaceutical Services to ensure the safest possible environment is created for both patients and employees as it relates to medication safety. The UCSF Medical Center and Department of Pharmaceutical Services has been recognized nationally for leadership in medical and pharmacy informatics.
In October 2010, UCSF Medical Center opened a new automated hospital pharmacy believed to be the nation's most comprehensive facility using robotic technology and electronics to prepare and track medications to improve patient safety.
Bar code medication administration (BCMA) was implemented at UCSF in February 2012. The addition of BCMA with the existing robotic pharmacy has enhanced medication safety at UCSF.
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, which opened in February 2015, is one of the first hospitals in the United States to utilize robots as the primary means of medication delivery to patient care areas.