19-Oct-18, Techwire Asia 

Regulators are seeking more transparency and control when it comes to areas of business and commerce that impact the masses, such as public health. In the Phillippines, the country’s 105 million people are served by 15,000 registered pharmacies, all of whom keep paper records of the prescriptions that they fill.

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Recently, the Philippines adopted a law requiring all pharmacists to use a new platform called the Electronic Drug Safety System (eDSS), developed by mClinica. Pharmacists will use their smartphones to photograph each prescription and upload it to the eDSS, which digitizes the prescription and sends the data to a cloud-based database, enabling real-time public health insights. Nearly 300 million prescriptions will be digitized every year.

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