Smart-lockers for chronic medication in SA

Date:22 April 2020 Author: Leila Stein Tags:, , ,

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in South Africans missing healthcare appointments and not collecting their chronic medication during lockdown. Right ePharmacy and theDepartment of health are fast tracking Collect & Go smart lockers to ensure people get the medications they need.

Those on chronic medication are often among the most vulnerable because they are immune compromised. In order to keep up their health during this difficult time continued use of chronic medication can help them fight against a COVID-19 infection.

These electric smart lockers help those who need to collect their medications do so without standing in long queues and hospitals, helping increase social distancing.

These lockers will help reduce congestion in hospitals and clinics as patients who need medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, HIV/Aids, asthma and other chronic conditions.

Electronic locker technology has been widely used for e-commerce internationally. To improve healthcare delivery, Right ePharmacy adapted the solution to develop Collect & Go smart lockers for medication collection with the help of the CSIR,” said Fanie Hendriksz, MD of Right ePharmacy.

These locally manufactured secure electronic lockers safely store your monthly chronic medication, so you can quickly and easily collect it close to where you live and work at a time that suits you.”

So far 70 locker sites are being rolled out across Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Free State. Patients will be able to begin collecting from the lockers in May.

How it works:

As soon as the medicine is in the locker, patients will receive an SMS with a uniquely generated, one-time PIN on their mobile phone. On arrival at the locker, the PIN number is inserted on a touch screen. The patient opens the locker and removes the medicine parcel.  The medicine parcel will contain two months’ supply of chronic medicine.

All medicine parcels are tracked. Medicine that is not collected is flagged and can be followed up telephonically by the Collect & Go call centre.

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