Best Ideas 2022 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.

Ngimma Healthcare

Stage of Idea planning stage

Explain your idea in details:

Doctors' sloppy handwriting kills more than 7,000 people annually. It's a shocking statistic, and, according to a July 2006 report from the National Academies of Science's Institute of Medicine (IOM), preventable medication mistakes also injure more than 1.5 million Americans annually. Many such errors result from unclear abbreviations and dosage indications and illegible writing on some of the 3.2 billion prescriptions written in the every year. Illegible handwriting and transcription errors are responsible for as much as 61 percent of medication errors in hospitals. A simple mistake such as putting the decimal point in the wrong place can have serious consequences because a patient's dosage could be 10 times the recommended amount. Attempts have been made to improve doctors prescription writing. Educational interventions were found effective in addressing the problem in one study.[12] With the knowledge translation approach to improve prescription practice, there was a significant improvement in many error ratesillegible prescriptions reduced from 39.4% to 13.4% (p<0.001) and absent or illegible prescriber name from 38.3% to 27.0% (p<0.001). [14]  It is recommended that a computerized physician order should be used to decrease prescription errors.[9] In the near future, the whole process may change with digital prescriptions and digital records going directly to the pharmacy and chemists from the doctors computer, which will take care of poor handwriting of doctors and reduce visible medical errors and mishaps. Many doctors and hospitals already use e-prescriptions, which go digitally, directly to the pharmacy. Also, technology today allows for oral prescriptions and notes, which can be transcribed, or converted to digital ones with appropriate software for speech to text transcribing. However, computerization may come with newer problems as noted by a study from Taiwan. The issue of illegible handwriting has long been brushed under the carpet, but it can be rectified, with some effort.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

My ideas main target will tend to eliminate the problem of incorrigible handwriting, integrate easy access of healthcare information and consequently save lives. This target will be considered a success when healthcare patient information is easily accessible across all health facilities in Kenya this will also include pharmacies which will share their information on the pharmaceutical drugs that have been banned by the government and new drug variants that show effectiveness when administered to patience. Therefore being the age of information my idea main definition of success is ensuring that patients also known what drugs they being prescribed and they can also seek alternatives from the app. The idea will use a QR code that will have a patients medical history from symptoms to prescriptions. My idea impacts the sustainable development goal of good health and well-being by ensuring that medical accidents are minimized and patients can keep track of their health in real time from any location.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

My idea will use a B2B model and advertising based whereby hospitals, pharmaceuticals and doctors can advertise some of their services and new products. Pharmaceuticals can advertise to hospitals for new drugs they have manufactured or will replace the older version. Hospitals can advertise their services to consumers on any new services they offer be it home based care or new innovations in the field of medicine. Doctors can also showcase their services to interested people, if a doctor gives specialized care or treatment then he will advertise them. Pharmacies can also advertise to consumers the new drugs they have in stock that have been approved by the health department. Consumers be it a patient can view all this at different packages where they will be a basic package that will have his medical history but for another doctors second opinion they can pay for a premium package where they can access information that will be tailor-made for their specific illness. Hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and patients will be the financial source for the app.

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Your profile

My name is Caxton Otieno I was born on 22nd March 1998, I am a Kenyan citizen by birth. All my life Ive spent in Kenya and lived in Nairobi from my kindergarten years to my University years. I hold a degree in Economics and Statistics from Chuka University where I graduated on 17 th December 2021. My motivation for this was due to the necessity that arose when I couldnt access my medication for my eye allergy when I sought a prescription from another hospital since the doctor couldnt understand the eye drop prescription that had been written by my primary optician. At the time I was forced to go back to my initial optician as he alone could understand his own handwriting this costed me valuable time and money and also prolonged my healing process. The qualities contributing to my success are perseverance and hard work this is what keeps me going when I feel like giving up then I recall how far Ive come and breathed life into an idea that will save people lives and how it will change lives.

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