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Chicago Innovation Award Winner

ReliefWatch

Winner in: 2015
Winning Product: Medical Supply Chain Tracking device
Winner Category: Up-and-Comer Award
Industry: Healthcare

Developing countries typically lack the infrastructure to effectively manage supply chains. As a result, medications often expire or go out of stock, and no one notices until it’s too late. Reliefwatch provides that crucial monitoring of stock and tracking diseases by relying on basic mobile phones that clinics already possess. “If you can answer a phone, you can use our system,” Reliefwatch founder Daniel Yu advises. Relief organizations register their clinics and warehouses with Reliefwatch, which automates prescheduled phone calls to health workers. The calls instruct workers to punch in responses to prompts, such as “how many sterile bandages” and “how many new cases of dysentery.” Reliefwatch stores and analyzes the data, making it available to support staff.

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