This System Helps Keep Rural Clinics Fully Stocked

By: Katherine Pendrill - Oct 5, 2015
References: reliefwatch & fastcoexist
'Reliefwatch' is an inventory management system that helps keep rural clinics fully stocked. In many parts of the world, remote medical facilities often run low on basic supplies. The problem is that many of these clinics lack the software needed to keep track of their inventory in real time.

Reliefwatch is designed to bridge the gap between low-tech clinics and high-end inventory systems. The program is designed to facilitate weekly calls between clinics and suppliers. The automated messages ask the designated worker how many of each drug the clinic has in stock and the worker punches in the corresponding number. The information is then transferred to an inventory management system to help the supplier keep the clinic fully stocked.

The new program prevents rural clinics from running out of supplies by letting suppliers known when there is an upcoming shortage.