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Innovation Challenge winner: Fred IT

Published 21 January 2021

Background 

In 2020, and on the backdrop of COVID-19, we held the first Innovation Challenge, a chance for Australian industry and academia to share ideas and solve key healthcare challenges. To put forward digital tools that will help improve the quality of healthcare services for Australians. Nearly 400 applications were received, and 5 were awarded. The winning entrants enable delivery of care in new ways, improve health outcomes, strengthen responses to health emergencies and accelerate digital health into the future. 

About the winner 

Fred IT Group’s ePrescription solution will enable Australians to access their prescriptions electronically via WhatsApp.  The solution is the first use of the WhatsApp platform for prescription dispensing requests via a WhatsApp chatbot and can enable patients who use the platform to forward their required prescriptions to their local pharmacy of choice for dispensing. 

Development of the WhatsApp ePrescription solution is currently underway and trials will take place in the coming months.  

 

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