Case Studies - DIMEC Pharmacy
DIMEC Pharmacy App Makes It Easier To Get Your Meds
1 developer, 1 manager
Ionic Framework, BBWT
Blueberry helped start-up company, DIMEC Pharmacy, build a mobile app for repeat prescriptions – the first of its kind in the UK.
It’s easy to see why Andrew Bailey and Christopher Turner decided to start up DIMEC Pharmacy. The NHS system of having to ring up the GP, wait 48 hours to pick up your prescription from the GP office and then take it to the pharmacy to be filled – is an extremely time-consuming and inconvenient way to get repeat prescriptions, and completely archaic in today’s world.
During a “there should be an app for that” moment, the two young pharmacy postgraduates began to nurture the idea of modernising the way people ordered repeat prescriptions. They opened an online pharmacy, but ultimately, their goal was to also have a mobile app which would allow people to order repeat prescriptions at any time, wherever they might be, and have them delivered straight to their door.
On the user side, the app needed to be easy to understand and use, secure and reliable. On the development side, there were several points to consider: using cross-platform versus native technologies, integrating the NHS Electronic Prescription Service, setting up a secure payment system, and designing a clear, intuitive user interface.
The DIMEC Pharmacy app has addressed a need by patients to obtain their prescription medication quickly, cheaply and more conveniently than is currently possible. In partnership with DIMEC, we created an app which:
- Works seamlessly across all devices.
- Seamlessly integrates with the NHS Electronic Prescription.
- Holds a comprehensive database of medicines.
- Has a modern and clean design which easily guides users through the registration and ordering process.
- Is available to download free from the App Store.
Because of the technical hurdles involved in building a mobile app for repeat prescriptions, DIMEC found Blueberry to be the perfect partner for them – we were on-hand to advise and navigate the client through each stage of the development.
Since its launch, the app has already attracted an overwhelming number of users and received stellar reviews from customers, industry professionals and local media.
But the app is just the start of the story for DIMEC, with plans underway for more features to be added. Pharmacists play an important role in helping doctors reconcile how various medications react to each other and what affect it may have on a patient’s health. But pharmacists can often end up wasting much of their valuable time chasing down this information. DIMEC’s vision is for people to be able to carry a history of their medicines and allergies with them on their phones. Having this information at hand would improve the care patients receive and could even save their lives. Blueberry is continuing to work with Dimec to bring this next phase of development to reality.