Sirum Drives Pill Processing Capabilities With Computer Vision-Based Object Recognition Solution

Case Study: Sirum

Posted by Alejandro Bolaños

on December 21, 2022 · 1 mins read

Sirum Drives Results With Computer Vision Solution Designed Atop Modern Data Stack

About The Company

Sirum is the largest redistributor of surplus medicine in the United States of America. Powered by technology, it helps organizations like nursing homes, pharmacies, and manufacturers to donate their unused medicine and get it to where it’s needed most.

Challenge

Sirum processes between 2000 and 60000 donation cards a day, and as operations continue to scale, manual classification became an unsustainable solution. Drug cards need to be classified considering different variables such as type, expiration date, and the number of pills per blister. Sirum needed to improve its operation’s efficiencies, switching a manual process with an automated, computer vision-based object recognition solution.

Solution

A mission-critical Application Programming Interface (API) was implemented to be used by the conveyor belt that processes the medical cards. The API has a deep learning object detection model designed for pill counting which extracts the necessary information from the labels such as preparation date and type of medication. The solution was designed upon a Modern Data Stack which uses Python, Pytorch, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) service tools among others.

Impact

  • In the process of increasing processing capabilities 10X times, from 2000 drug cards up to 25000.
  • Reduced processing times to one second per drug card.

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