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 chronic medication in under two minutes as opposed to three hours. The technology-enabled ‘Pelebox’ by Technovera literally works with the click of a button; an SMS text message that unlocks relief. No more waiting for hours in long queues.
South Africa has world’s biggest antiretroviral therapy (ART) programme for patients living with HIV and AIDS. As a result, a patient’s experience tends to be one of long waiting times. This poses potential adherence barriers which may lead to poor health outcomes.
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 Pelebox is a smart locker solution with an SMS notification system for 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.
This novel solution can be placed at non-medical facilities and aligns with the Department of Health program aimed at reducing congestion in our healthcare facilities. Thus various locations can act as alternative pick-up-points. We love projects like this – technology making things better, simply.