By Jerome Lagunzad

The Philippines hogged a fair share of the spotlight in the 2019 World Government Summit when SnapRX, a data-driven app in the medical sector, secured the Data-Driven Apps Award on Tuesday, February 12, at the Madinat Jumeirah.

No less than H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan who handed the coveted trophy to the representatives of Singapore-based mClinica, the company behind SnapRX, a mobile application which helps governments and non-government organization “generate life-saving data by digitizing prescriptions for pharmacists.”

mClinica, which utilizes artificial intelligence for its apps, collaborated with the Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines since June 2017 to introduce the new mobile app, Electronic Logbook, which aims to “digitize prescriptions using cutting edge image recognition and machine learning.”

Then mClinica, founded by Endeavor Entrepreneur Farouk Meralli, donated the digital platform to the FDA, making the Philippines the first country in Asia to use a nationwide mobile app to disrupt the pharmacy prescription process.

Among those features that SnapRX have are: 

  • Generate real-time information on medicine use
  • Track epidemiological trends (such as AMR patterns, Tuberculosis, and NCDs)
  • Predict disease outbreaks
  • Track drug stock outs or shortages
  • Locate availability of medicines during disaster situations
  • Announce drug recalls in real-time
  • Analyze national and local healthcare trends and expenditures