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March 03, 2010

i.v.STATION Outperforms RIVA in Side-by-Side Comparison Tests

Health Robotics has announced the public evaluation of video speed tests between i.v.STATION and RIVA sterile compounding robots. This evaluation is based on each company’s public video testimonials at their respective websites of an identical powder reconstitution (80ml) and size/dose of syringe (10cc).


The i.v.Station is a centrally-controlled, modular distributed flexible redundant patient-specific intra-venous (i.v.) automation robot for non-hazardous drug preparation, compounding, and dispensing in central pharmacy locations, satellite pharmacies, and even patient care workplaces.

With this side-by-side comparison and other publically available information, the i.v.STATION has proven to be 3.8 times faster than RIVA. RIVA’s fiveA is also marketed at a higher price, making i.v.STATION’s per-dose price 20 times less by comparison.

'While we still have room for improvement, I'm happy with i.v.STATION's throughput results in Europe and now in America, especially considering RIVA's 15+ year head-start,” said Werner Rainer, Health Robotics' CEO in a statement. “Although i.v.STATION's revolutionary design received accolades globally, there was some skepticism about its throughput due to IHS' speculative claims about i.v.STATION's alleged slow speed, attributing it to its low cost and small size.

“There is now incontrovertible evidence that larger and more expensive is not faster, quite the contrary. Even at less than 20 percent of the cost and footprint of RIVA, i.v.STATION is almost 4 times faster, proven by its 2.5 minute filling of an identical I.V. Admixture stated by IHS to take RIVA 9.5 minutes to fill. IHS' baseless claims about i.v.STATION are now proven to be as much hype as their own decades-old statements about RIVA being able to compound chemotherapy: many sales announcements with nameless chemo customers, but not a single hospital pharmacy in the world actually using RIVA for chemo,” added Rainer.

The difference in speed is the result of the IHS’ old engineering design choices that make the RIVA robot move back and forth. As a result, the RIVA performs a myriad of unnecessary tasks to multiple locations. The i.v.STATION is designed with smart carrousels with integrated bar-code and digital imaging features to avoid wasted time and movements.

The difference in the use of IV consumables was identified in video testimonials. First, the RIVA spends time throwing away a half-full diluents’ IV bag and a wasted 60cc syringe. Second, the i.v.STATION automatically caps the syringe with a tamper-evident cap, while RIVA uses a plain cap that is easily subject to tampering.

'Even though we still have a lot of work ahead of us in expanding to 40+ planned 2010 installations of i.v.STATION, we are now confident that we: a) have the right design, cost, and R.O.I./value proposition; b) possess the ability to expand the design concept, the ROI, and benefits to TPNs; and c) have changed the paradigm by asking hospital pharmacists why should they pay $1+ million for a RIVA robot that is 4 times slower, 5 times larger, 9 times heavier, and 5 times more expensive than i.v.STATION', concluded Rainer.

In other Health Robotics news, the company last year entered into a definitive agreement with Charite-Universitatsmedizin Berlin. Under this agreement, Charite will install an i.v.STATION robot at its Centrum 14 during the second half of 2009.
 
In September, the company announced that Dr M Group has selected the CytoCare and i.v.STATION Robots to be deployed across all of its I.V. Compounding Centers in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and India.

Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for RobotXworld and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard


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