Technovera has developed Pelebox, a smart locker system that enables patients to collect their repeat chronic medication in under 22 seconds instead of waiting hours on queues at public clinics. We are leveraging the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) through internet-enabled smart locker devices in public healthcare to remotely track medication collection and treatment compliance while automating visibility on patient behaviour and patient outcome. South Africa has world's biggest antiretroviral therapy (ART) programme for patients living with HIV and AIDS, and there's been a steady increase in the number of patients with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), requiring chronic therapy. A patient's experience tends to be one of long waiting times, typically above 3 hours. This poses potential adherence barriers which may lead to poor health outcomes and places a strain on the patients in terms of transport costs and loss of income.

How the solution works:

Pre-packed medication for a particular patient is loaded into an internet-enabled smart locker, the system then sends an SMS with a one-time-pin (OTP) to the patients. The patient would then come to a collection unit, authenticate themselves using a one-time-pin (OTP) together with their cellphone number. A cubicle that has their medication would then pop-open. The systems keep track of all collection records and can be integrated into a patient records management system. The sensors in the locker can track all indicators linked with patient health with real-time alerts.

Technovera has been working with The Aurum Institute, City of Tshwane, City of eKurhuleni and the National Department of Health in South Africa on reducing the average time spent in a clinic and adoption from patients. Thus far, we have reached over 10,000 patient collections with an average collection duration of 22 seconds (much lower than the anticipated 2 min). Technovera is now looking to engage in creating other opportunities and collaborate with partners who can help us reach more sites and more patients.

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