UiPath has launched an automation project with the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital to see software robots assigned to the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Department at the Mater, the company announced on Thursday.
“Robotic process automation minimizes, if not removes, the need for people to carry out repetitive, rules-based admin work, speeding up processes and ensuring they’re error-free. With a robot for every nurse approach, essential frontline staff will be freed to be nurses and not system administrators, being able to focus more on the quality of care,” Mark O’Connor, public sector director Ireland at UiPath.
UiPath has automated data through software robots to process the information in a fraction of the current time, disseminating patient results in minutes. It will save the infection control department 3 hours per day, 18 hours per week and 936 hours a year which they can now spend managing the current COVID-19 pandemic.
“Not only will automation help with this, but it will also take the strain off the hospital as it continues to process huge amounts of more routine patient data in addition to COVID-19 specific information,” said Jincy Jerry, Assistant Director of Nursing, Infection Prevention and Control, MMUH.
Mater has projected to receive hundreds of swabs and microbiology tests in the coming months which the software robots can assist in rapid processing, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The results will then be distributed to healthcare workers rapidly and essential infection prevention.
“As we’ve already seen, alongside the public playing their part in physical distancing, fast diagnosis and appropriate self-isolation are crucial to preventing the spread of COVID-19. We’re confident that the project we’re embarking on will help mitigate the huge strain this outbreak is putting on healthcare organizations – not just in MMUH, but across Ireland,” Jerry added.
UiPath is leading the era of “Automation First” by betting on a robot for each person and allowing robots to learn new skills through artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Through free and open training, UiPath brings digital era skills to millions of people around the world, improving business productivity and efficiency, employee engagement, and customer experience.