South Africa (Johannesburg)
This isn’t clickbait: an electrical engineer based in South Africa has designed an automated locker system that allows people with chronic conditions to collect their repeat medication in just a few minutes. No more waiting for hours in long queues.
In January 2014, Neo Hutiri was diagnosed with a chronic disease and spent six months regularly driving back and forth to his local clinic for treatment and medicine: “It’s really an unpleasant experience to wait the whole day just to manage your condition,” he explains. “Technovera is a technology solution that improves patient care by ending the indignity and exhaustion of long queues.”
Stable chronic patients typically have a six-month repeat prescription.The Technovera solution includes a smart locker, an SMS notification system and chronic medication collection tracking. Pre-packed medication is placed in cubicles and the patients are notified that their prescriptions are ready for collection. Each patient is validated by entering a one-time PIN and their cellphone number, which electronically unlocks their compartment.
The smart medicine-dispensing locker system won last year’s R1million Hack.Jozi grand prize and is all set to pilot this year. We love projects like this – technology making things better, simply.