St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri is introducing an innovative pilot program that involves the use of delivery robots. This program, which is the first of its kind in the region, aims to improve efficiency and patient care by allowing nurses to spend more time at patients’ bedsides.
The delivery robot, named Moxi, helps save up to 30 percent of bedside caregivers’ time by fetching medications, supplies, and other items. This allows nurses to focus on providing the best possible care to their patients. Kevin Turner, a nurse manager at St. Luke’s, describes the use of technology like Moxi as a way to assist nursing and alleviate some of their responsibilities.
Since the introduction of Moxi at St. Luke’s Hospital, the robot has already made a significant impact. In just 20 days, Moxi saved over 315 hours by delivering and retrieving more than 500 pharmaceuticals and other supplies. Nurses can simply send their request for supplies, and Moxi will efficiently deliver them to the appropriate units.
This pilot program is the first of its kind in Missouri and Kansas, making St. Luke’s Hospital a trailblazer in implementing this new technology. The program is funded by the St. Luke’s foundation, with the goal of expanding the reach and capabilities of Moxi by adding more robots to the team.
By introducing delivery robots like Moxi, St. Luke’s Hospital is embracing the potential of technology to improve healthcare. This program is not only enhancing efficiency but also reducing the burden on nurses, enabling them to focus on their core responsibility of patient care.