InstyMeds Now at BMC

Burnett Medical Center recently began offering InstyMeds, a fully automated ATM-style machine that dispenses prescription medications directly to patients immediately before leaving the emergency department or clinic. The system, the first of its kind in the area, offers a safe, convenient way for patients to receive their prescription medications.

This new system eliminates the need for patients to have to wait for their prescription at a pharmacy when they're not feeling well. They can now have those prescriptions filled right in the ED. InstyMeds helps patients get back on the road to recovery as soon as possible.

The InstyMeds system automates the entire process from the prescriber issuing the prescription, to the patient obtaining their medications, and payment collection. The patient can obtain their medications and be on their way in about the same time it takes them to use their bank ATM.

The added convenience will help ensure patients fill and take their prescribed medications leading to faster recovery. Burnett Medical Center continues to support our local pharmacies for the more complex or expensive medications; however for those patients who want the added convenience, particularly when the pharmacy is closed, the immediate service provided by the InstyMeds system is ideal.

How it works: The medical provider enters a prescription electronically and gives patients a voucher with a unique security code. Using the touch-screen of the InstyMeds dispenser, the patient enters the unique security code and their date of birth. The patient then swipes a debit or credit card to pay for the prescription. After the machine performs a triple bar code safety check, the pre-packaged, labeled product is dispensed from the machine to the patient.

Patient Compliance: Studies show that 30 percent of prescriptions that doctors write go unfilled and costs the health care industry $289 billion a year. The added convenience of the InstyMeds system increases the likelihood that the patient will fill their prescription and undergo the medication treatment plan.