Livia – Online Medicine Platform

Project Overview

Livia is an online Medicine Platform and consists of:

  • medical delivery app to order medicine at the best price from pharmacies
  • book a visit to a doctor
  • order medicine using your Insurance
  • direct access to patients for Chemists
 

The platform is designed to be easy-to-use for anyone with a smartphone. Its location-based mobile marketplace, as in Uber or Pokémon Go lets users discover nearest chemists on the map.

Any user has an order medicine using his  insurance. He just need to photo the prescription and submit it trought the app.

If one doesn’t have an insurance or not Insurance company doesn’t cover the cost of drugs there is an option to purchase medicine via M-Pesa or cash after.

Pharmacies can see all submitted prescriptions and requests for medicines through an application created for them. Drugstores accept orders and confirm whether a specific medicine is available.

Client

The client is a serial enterpreneur  from Kenya running several business in pharmacy and travel industries.

Industry

Healthcare, Delivery, Medical Insurance.

Challenge

Kenya is an emerging market where there is still a big demand for automation. The idea of the project was to enable Kenya people to search medicine online and find the nearest drugstore.

We had many challenges on that project. First of all, most of drugstores don’t have any API or any other interface to automatically update prices.

Secondly it was a big issue to integrate with payment gateway MPesa.

The third big challenge was to create an e-prescription. Without e-prescription people could get medicine from drugstore as many times they want with a regular paper document.

Development Process

During the development process, we have used services for payments, notifications, data storage, testing and deployment. We use M-Pesa, Webpay and Paypal for money transfer, Twilio, Cellulant, Africa’s Talking for reliable SMS notifications and Android Firebase for pop-up notifications. PHP Unit was used to create and functional tests.

Also, we utilize virtual servers in the AWS cloud and Docker containers, which provide a way to automate the deployment of applications.

For streamlining workflow and team collaboration for optimum results, we’ve used both Scrum and Kanban as Agile approaches. For example, Scrum has been used to develop or refine functionality, Kanban has been adopted for the baseline correction and small improvements.

Results

The application is used by 70 000+ people in Kenya to order medicine using cash and personal medical Insurance. It allows users easily find the right medicine in the local drugstore saving time and money.

Our team provides ongoing support, development and updates for the whole Medicine Platform.

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