Dubbed the ‘ATM Pharmacy,’ an ATM vending machine that instead of issuing out cash, issues drugs to patients with chronic illnesses.
South Africans in need of repeat medication can now visit these ATM Pharmacy and get their drugs out of the machine instead of having to visit a pharmacy shop manned by a human. The machines were launched in Alexandra (a Jo’burg township) on Thursday last week.
The Pharmacy Dispensing Unit (PDU) was developed by health care experts from the Right ePharmacy [link] and Right to Care [link] in consultation with the Gauteng Department of Health. The PDU ATM for medication works through Skype-like video and audio interaction between the patient and the tele-pharmacists. The ATM also uses cloud-based electronic software and robotic technology for the dispensing and labeling the medication.
“Our partnerships made this innovation possible and we are grateful to the Gauteng Provincial Health Department and for the contributions of USAID, GIZ who are implementing on behalf of the German Government and Mach4,” said Prof. Ian Sanne, the CEO of Right to Care.
“The PDUTM was developed to ensure accurate dispensing and quick collection. A clinically …read more
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