QodeScript has been built to better address the complex process of providing a robust solution when scripting and issuing medication covered under the South African National Department of Health Central Chronic Medicine Dispensing and Distribution Programme (CCMDD). The program governs all the chronic medication scripting processes for government facilities.
The system consists of a mobile application from where scripting can be completed by the approved medical professional; a data queuing and switching system which integrates with any third party integrated script management system provided by a third party; and a medicine issuing and recording system.
The mobile application is based on the Android operating system which facilitates a lower cost of entry into the market, as well as ease of use. The scripting app makes use of an intuitive layout which is fully representative of the outgoing paper-based system. Many of the functions of the app are automated, thereby reducing the workload on the healthcare professional using the app. The app allows scripts to be generated directly at the point of care as data verification and specific safeguards are already incorporated into the app for example, the system will only present medication and dosages that are approved for the specific condition being treated. The system is dynamic and database driven, which provides the client with the ability alter various aspects of the app content in order to meet ongoing requirements.
The mobile app also has built-in security features that only provides approved personnel with access the system and to create scripts. The approved medicines list can be tailored for each province per the approved formulary list for the province. This ensures that only approved medicines can be prescribed and dispensed. All app customisations occur on a secured web platform and enable the creation of facilities, users, and formularies amongst others. The data from QodeScript can be analysed via the Qode Data Analysis portal.
Once created, the scripts are sent via an automated queuing service which acts as a switch in directing the scripts to the main system where medicines are confirmed and dispensed by qualified Pharmacists. Once approved, the script is sent for packing and distributed to various pickup locations. It is at this point that the second part of the system comes into operation. The second part is essentially a system that ensures the correct person, or delegated person, is the one who collects the medicines.
QodeScript is a modular system where mobile app has different functionalities that includes GPS location, timestamping and data verification. Any information stored on the device is encrypted.