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Memorial’s Pharmacy Department Receives Eyecon Pill Counter

The Memorial Community Pharmacy had the honor of being this year’s recipient of the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s Tree of Remembrance Campaign donation. With the Auxiliary’s generous donation of $11,415 they were able to purchase an Eyecon Automatic Pill Counter.


Chris Barthol, Laura Nihells, Kathy Winkler, and Diane Meyerhoff
Chris Barthol, Laura Nihells, Kathy Winkler, and Diane Meyerhoff

Jennifer Colvis using Eyecon device.
Jennifer Colvis using Eyecon device.

This new equipment brings improved safety features to the pharmacy department and helps streamline processes. Eyecon is the first vision-based validation and pill counting system that also saves a photo of every transaction. If a count is questioned, the photo can be reviewed. Every pill is numbered, and all the prescription data is included on the photo in the patient’s record. The Eyecon recognizes not only the number of pills being dispensed, but the type of pill or medication. “Knowing we are dispensing the correct drug, in the correct amount and have record of what we did, is a great tool,” exclaims Kathy Winker, Director of Pharmacy. This advanced resource is an added safety feature to those already in place at the Pharmacy. The Pharmacy also uses bar coding and second verification during medication dispersion, so this new device adds a third layer of protection. “You can never have enough safety features built into your workflow, particularly when it comes to patient safety,” says Winkler.


The pharmacy staff pass along their gratitude and thanks to the Auxiliary and campaign contributors for their continued support of the Hospital and in turn the patients we serve.

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