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Prescriptions on Wheels

My start-up would deliver prescriptions to patients who did not have the means to pick them up.

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Many individuals in East Austin do not have regular and predictable transportation options, and some are physically and intellectually disabled. In addition, while a mobile clinic may bring the most good to East Austin in terms of much needed healthcare, it is too expensive for a $100,000 budget. Thus, I think bringing residents, who do not have reliable access to their prescriptions, their monthly or ninety-day supply of medication would help alleviate a lot of mobility issues some residents have from going to and coming back from their respective pharmacies. Additionally, the delivery service would be flexible enough to provide these deliveries even to those who do not have a home or do not have a consistent address. Like Meals on Wheels, I hope this delivery service would also address social isolation, by having the delivery person perhaps be a community health worker, who can see how the recipient is doing physically, as well as mentally. Finally, I hope this delivery service will dynamic, in that the recipient can call in and tell the delivery person where they are, so the delivery person can meet them there if feasible and were given adequate notice.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Those that have limited access to transportation and/or are physically or intellectually disabled, and are a certain income level, would qualify to receive free delivery of their prescriptions that they have already paid for.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

I am the sole member of the team, however I have a friend who would likely join in some capacity.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough budget (500 characters)

Contract with drivers and/or pharmacies to start the deliveries, and market and advertise to various community groups and religious and health organizations

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

I would see if local and national pharmacies would be interested in joining forces so this not for profit company can be self-sustaining and not rely on donations to keep it going. I would also reach out to various health care organizations that help indigent City of Austin residents and see if they would like to join forces in some capacity.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

How many people in need used the service at the end of the pilot, as compared to the beginning of the pilot. Additionally, what cost benefit as a whole society received from individuals getting their prescriptions who may not have otherwise received them.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Yes, I would have local pharmacies pay some sort of subscription fee, and in turn those pharmacies would hopefully get more business with their free deliveries to certain patients who cannot access transportation and/or are disabled and/or are of low income.

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