Improve hospital logistics with healthcare automation

By optimizing material handling and medication management, hospitals can increase workflow efficiency and improve patient experiences

Health Care

Swisslog healthcare automation solutions help progressive hospitals and healthcare organizations efficiently manage medications and material transport to improve workflow, streamline costs and enhance the patient experience.

Hospital and healthcare administrators continually look for processes and solutions that help improve performance, drive workflow efficiency and reduce costs. By streamlining the flow of goods and information throughout the facility, and controlling medication access and distribution, hospitals can effectively enhance the overall patient experience.


Swisslog develops, designs and delivers automated medication management, material transport and supply chain management systems that improve workflows and enhance clinical quality in hospitals and healthcare facilities and encourage patient-centered care. Our comprehensive solutions are held to the highest quality standards to ensure accurate and safe transport and delivery of patient medications, services and support materials. These automated systems for material handling and medication management can be incorporated into new and existing hospital and health care facilities in a variety of functional areas, including:

  • Pharmacy
  • Emergency
  • Lab
  • Surgery
  • Nursing
  • Receiving
  • Central Supply
  • Laundry
  • Food Service
  • Maintenance
  • Facilities management

Swisslog solutions streamline and automate the processes for:

  • Ordering
  • Receiving
  • Moving Samples and Supplies
  • Managing Inventory
  • Storing Medication and Supplies
  • Packaging Medications
  • Delivering Food, Laundry and Supplies
  • Dispensing Medication
  • Removing waste
  • Stocking Inventory
  • Tracking and Reporting
  • Servicing and Maintaining
  • Supply Chain Management

Material Handling Systems for Hospitals

Scheduled and on-demand material transport plays a decisive role in hospital activities. Wrong, inaccurate and untimely deliveries can have negative, possibly even fatal, implications on patients and their outcomes.

Medication Management Systems

Typically, hospitals rely on a manual process for medication management. Central pharmacies control the receipt and storage of drugs from wholesalers and stock med rooms, dispensing cabinets and satellite pharmacies. Nurses on the wards throughout the hospital manage the dispensing of individual patients’ daily medication. Thus, drugs may be stored in several different locations or departments. As a result, hospitals often do not have an accurate, real-time view into their inventories and distribution activities.

Supply Chain Management

Hospital supply chain is the fastest-growing expense for providers; and second only to labor costs as a budget item. Supply chain complexity and the need to reduce costs and improve operational efficiency are leading hospital supply chain managers to standardize and streamline across their network. Consolidation and centralization of resources such as supply management, pharmacy, laboratory services and food service is creating significant cost-saving opportunities for many hospital systems.