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Hello Elvin, excuse the delay in reply. You are correct about regulations varying for states; however, the rules are not as clearly defined or restrictive for pharmacists as they are physicians. In this regard, pharmacists have a bit more latitude to pilot telepharmacy services as long as they are practicing to the same standard of care within their licensing state. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy is a good resource. This link will direct you to the Model Pharmacy Act/Rules which outlines policy around telemedicine services ( https://nabp.pharmacy/publications-reports/resource-documents/model-pharmacy-act-rules/ ). If there is anything else that I can do to help, then please let me know. Would be happy to help. Best of luck! Tess commented on an idea - CMW Assisted Mobile based Primary Health Care System for Rural Pakistan. Hello ZafarIn your opening comments you refer to :"undeserved populations" but I think you mean under served populations i.e. not that they are not deserving of attention, but that they dont currently receive service. Great initiative. Saif commented on an idea - Breaking The Wall of Medical & Medication Errors Annyeong Clara Jong this sounds like an absolutely fantastic idea! PillPack does something similar in the US. I'll definitely look into the feasibility study of this mechanism. As it's difficult to automate such a process and labor-consuming. What we can do is to sideload this into our existing pipeline and charge a fee for this separately.Thank you for this great feedback and suggestion! Looking forward to hear more from you! Clara commented on an idea - Breaking The Wall of Medical & Medication Errors In Korea, the pharmacists prepackage the combinations of medications into breakfast, lunch, dinner packets. So you don't have to worry about when and which medication to take at what time. What if after picking up the prescriptions before delivery your service pre-packages the combinations of medication into such packets? The packages would have the names of the prescriptions, dosages and number of pills as well as the name of the patient, not to mention when to take the medications. Bettina commented on an idea - PillDrop is a mobile platform which connects patients with motorists to collect chronic medicine on behalf of patients Hi Johannes Mangane Great idea to create a system that aims to promote health and financial security for many in underserved communities! Congrats on being a finalist in this challenge! I am a pediatrician in NYC. I remember reading years ago about a program, started by a physician working with an NGO in Africa, in which patients with chronic disease were organized into small groups in order to help each other for the same reason you are highlighting - long travel distances to pick up medications which lead to loss of work and income for that day, and exposure to infections at hospital sites. One patient would travel for care and at that visit they would pick up meds for others in the group. Thinking about Georgy Holden 's concern regarding possible limited access to smart phones, might Community Health Workers working in the communities you hope to serve with PillDrop facilitate this service? If so maybe they can track when patients are due for medication renewals, and make put an order in with the pharmacy in advance, if they will not be in that area on the day the meds need to be renewed. Would it be possible for medication pick ups to be organized in advance? If the patient does not have a smart phone maybe the lock box code, mentioned below in a comment below from Goodie Thu Thu, can be sent via text message? (The lock box is a great idea!) I read an article on The South African Health News Service about a pilot project in South Africa where medications are being packaged and dropped at community sites, tackling the same issues you are tackling here. From the article - "Patients can chose to collect their medicine from various private pick-up points, including factories, shops, schools, creches and tribal court offices." In this case they can still use your service if necessary but hopefully the distance will be less and therefore the fee will be less. https://www.health-e.org.za/2015/06/01/new-system-lets-patients-pick-up-medicine-from-shops/ Good luck developing this project! Georgy commented on an idea - PillDrop is a mobile platform which connects patients with motorists to collect chronic medicine on behalf of patients Johannes, I've been wondering about how many people who would use the service have access to a smartphone, I believe that adult ownership of smartphones in South Africa is 37%. Might it be necessary to describe how pill drop would work at a local level for those without their own smartphone. For example, are there places that people in villages can go to use a smartphone and the associated app if they do not have one themselves? Or is my concern unfounded? Without knowing the cultural context I am just thinking how this would be in my own country where there are some groups of people who are much less likely to own a smartphone, (e.g. the very elderly and the very poor) who would also be the people most likely to need medication. Other than this the idea is coming on nicely. :-) Johannes updated an idea PillDrop is a mobile platform which connects patients with motorists to collect chronic medicine on behalf of patients Increasing access of medicines through established transport systems Bettina commented on an idea - Staffing for pharmacies in Remote Areas. Great! Bettina commented on an idea - Incentivizing blood donation Hi Mohamed. Congratulations on being a finalist in this challenge. I am a pediatrician and I was struck by the high incidence of thalassemia that you mention in the Maldives as a driving force behind your idea. As you mention that there is good internet connectivity and most people own smartphones can the app be leveraged to link people to information re: disease prevention, in addition to the primary goal of ensuring access to treatment, blood for transfusion?I did a quick google search to learn more about this topic in general and found a recent journal article which was interesting. "Carrier screening for beta-thalassemia in the Maldives: perceptions of parents of affected children who did not take part in screening and its consequences." Journal of Comm Genetics, 7/2016 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4960032/Based on this study the authors concluded that the thalassemia awareness program needs to be strengthened. (Awareness of disease consequences and of screening access.) It mentions that screening is free and available. It states that screening programs have been more successful in the capital city than in outer islands where mobile medical units visit to do screening but infrequently, and visits are not always well publicized. Might the app help to connect young people to information and screening services? (Perhaps the awareness program has been further developed since this study was done in 2013? Maybe social media is being used in some way?) Good luck developing the app! Elvin updated an idea Staffing for pharmacies in Remote Areas. Providing access to quality healthcare in under-served areas by leveraging mobile technology and Innovative staffing.