A locally developed mobile app called Send a Script cleaned up against some major competition at the 2013 Australian Mobile Awards when it won the overall Golden Mobi for Best Design Studio Start-Up App and the Best In Medical Award.
The Illawarra start-up said Send a Script was recognised for providing an independent link between GPs, consumers and any Australian pharmacy.
It means patients can forward a prescription using their iPhone, iPod or iPad to a pharmacy and then just pick it up on arrival.
The Send a Script team were acknowledged for their innovative approach in the distribution and promotion of the app in the pharmaceutical industry.
Judges also noted their determination as a start-up business in understanding the user experience to create and promote an app that offered a more integrated service.
Australian Mobile Awards director Mark Bergin said it was a significant achievement for a newcomer.
Mr Bergin said Send a Script stood out because of the drive and passion of the pharmacy owner who came up with it.
‘‘Fabian McCann knows the pharmacy business inside and out and has embarked on a self-taught journey to get to where he is today with a successful award-winning app,’’ he said.
Mr McCann has run the Kanahooka Pharmacy for eight years and thought about the idea for some time, but it was not as easy as he expected to turn it into reality.
Mr McCann said it allowed people to do many things, such as send prescriptions ahead when they travelled.
The app has several other features, such as people being able to include a list of their medications, and a database listing things such as medicine costs and pharmacies that were open.
‘‘The basic function is to order a prescription if you need it and are in a hurry,’’ Mr McCann said.
“As a pharmacy owner myself, and having spent a great deal of time talking with my own customers, it became very clear that there had to be an easier way to provide what is undoubtedly an essential service.
‘‘As the only prescription app service in Australia, and enhancements in the works to further improve the user experience, we are ecstatic about the win and even more enthusiastic about what’s next.’’
He said there would be a new suite of features soon.
The ultimate goal would be to enter partnerships with doctors to create paperless prescriptions. He said that would eventually happen as the government continued to move more towards eHealth.
The Send a Script app is presently in its first phase across iPhone, with development of the Android platform under way.
Further information is available at sendascript.com.au.