Getting medications to home care recipients in large metropolitan areas can be a challenge. Especially if the nurse carrying them is delayed. Finland’s largest city has found a way around the problem: robots.

Under a new program, Helsinki’s home care recipients are being served by medication-dispensing robots – which actually are automated medication-dispensing devices.

These new tech tools deliver required medications when they are needed, and in the right amounts. Should a customer fail to take some medication, the robot recovers it. The machines also eliminate the need for assistance from a nurse.

“The device is easy to use, and customers have been happy with it. They have experienced increasing personal freedom. Home care nurses have also been satisfied,” says home care manager Sanna Numminen.

Because the device uses voice to guide customers and to remind them to take their medications, the medication-dispensing robot is suitable for customers suffering from memory diseases, Numminen added.