AUSTRALIA – Packapill, an Australian medication delivery platform that was recently launched, has partnered with Western Australia-based Western Diagnostics Pathology of Healius Limited to provide. teleconsultation services.
The Perth-based medical tech startup delivers pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical products directly from its network of over 200 local pharmacies across the country.
The Packapill mobile app, which is now available on the Apple App Store, “simply charges a flat fee for delivery of the products, which arrive in less than three hours.”
It also allows for the upload of encrypted prescriptions and the management of family members’ scripts who are not app users.
The telehealth offering’s upcoming launch follows a recent trial that found “incredible demand” from Australian consumers seeking general practice support, with over 4,000 patient calls initially made. Its collaboration with Western Diagnostics Pathology will facilitate COVID-19 testing referrals.
“The demand for this feature demonstrates the importance of extending health services to easily accessible platforms. We’re looking forward to expanding the Consult feature to include all Australians in the coming weeks,” Lenin Rajendran, co-founder of Packapill, stated.
Rajendran also revealed that they are currently working on integrating other digital health services that will enable medical practitioners to provide online consultations based on data from patients’ wearable devices.
Last month, Healthengine announced a collaboration with digital pharmacy Chemist2U to provide prescription medication delivery.
The new service has been tested in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney, and it will be expanded to other capital cities and major towns in the coming months.
According to a press release from Healthengine, prescription delivery provides convenience and time savings to time-crunched people who prefer online purchasing.
Its over 3.6 million users can now upload digital or paper scripts via a website or mobile phone app and have their medications delivered the same day.
The new service is currently being tested in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney, with plans to expand to more capital cities and major regional town centers in the “coming months” to cover 80 percent of the country’s population.
Further to that, Green Cross Health, a listed primary care provider in New Zealand, has invested in digital pharmacy PillDrop, which also provides prescription medication delivery. Users can also create medication lists and profiles for their families using the My Medicine mobile app.
Meanwhile, in Asia, two Pakistani digital health startups, Ailaaj and Marham, have received seed funding to launch their respective online platforms that also fulfill medication orders.
To fulfill prescription medicine orders, the partners collaborate with Chemist2U’s network of local community pharmacies.