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Pharmapod Develops Cloud-Based App Aimed to Accelerate Global COVID-19 Vaccination Process

Recognizing the frustration people have over the logistical challenges related to obtaining the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine, Pharmapod, a leading global learning health system provider, has stepped up to help streamline the rollout. Pharmapod has developed the Clinical Services app cloud-based solution to simplify every step of the vaccine rollout resulting in faster uptake of shots in arms and broader community protection.

Pharmapod is a professionally-led solution, designed by pharmacists for pharmacists. It is the software of choice for over 60% of all pharmacies in Canada and has now expanded into the United States market through partnerships with leading pharmacies. Pharmapod’s Clinical Service app maximizes uptake of the vaccine by helping vaccinators to manage mass bookings and connect with patients through a digital solution. It makes the rollout process faster and more efficient, reducing the contact time between patient and vaccinator through pre-eligibility screening. The app allows administrators to set-up vaccination locations, input the available stations in each location and the available time slots for each station. This online booking system reduces the incidence of patients accidentally missing appointments and helps predict vaccine inventory levels. The system allows administrators to modify eligibility criteria to coordinate the prioritization of high-risk groups first and then assign specific users different levels of access within the app based on their eligibility criteria.

“People across the globe are anxiously awaiting access to the vaccines,” said Leonora O’Brien, Pharmapod’s Founder. “Our Clinical Service app was developed by pharmacists who have experience on the frontline of this pandemic and they recognize the current logistical challenges and inefficiencies. This system is designed with those factors in mind to help maximize rollout efficiency while minimizing distribution complexity. The app is designed for healthcare professionals to make each step clear, easy, and fast in an effort to get as many shots in arms as quickly, safely, and painlessly as possible.”

For patients, Pharmapod’s Clinical Service app drives vaccine uptake by making it easy to book an appointment online and ensures compliance by providing a schedule of to-dos to get patients through the entire process, sending important appointment reminder notifications, and storing patient records for future use. On the app, patients can also fill out their eligibility criteria and alert the administering organization of any critical data, such as reports of vaccine side-effects.

“Pharmapod’s platform not only allows healthcare professionals to improve how they manage their service but also greatly improves the safety for patients,” says Jack Callaghan, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Ireland. “In a time of such a need for a speedy, efficient vaccine rollout, it is inspiring to see Pharmapod working hard to help people on a global scale. The company has gained impressive momentum over the years in the pharmaceutical industry, and now, when we need the technology more than ever, it has stepped up to provide the critical solutions that the industry needs to get through this crisis.”

Pharmapod is the leading cloud-based, medication incident management, and business intelligence tool, specializing in pharmacy, specialty pharmacy, and long-term care facilities. The Clinical Service solution has already become available across Canada and is being rolled out in the U.S. over the coming months.

To learn more about Irish Digital Health innovators contact Jennie.Lynch@enterprise-ireland.com

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