We all have become accustomed to the vending machines for sweets, to the vending machines for a variety of drinks, chips and much more. Most vending machines in Japan, where in some such devices you can buy a car or a package of chicken eggs. But in the UK, launched a project for the deployment of a network of pharmaceutical trading devices. Nothing unusual, is it? But these machines support the possibility of contacting a personal doctor, who will help you find the necessary medications during your working hours, and if some of them require a prescription, the doctor can “write out” it online.
Naturally, these machines can be extremely popular among drug addicts, and manufacturers have built in their devices rather complicated protection. The first stage of protection includes the need to identify with a fingerprint or enter a complex code (it is easier, probably, to authenticate with a fingerprint, agree). After that, you must enter the PIN (except the original alphanumeric code). If you buy drugs that require a prescription, you will need to contact a doctor who will either confirm that you have the necessary prescription or write it out remotely.
Interestingly, there are two types of devices - the first, described above, is called PharmaTrust. But the second type of pharmaceutical vending machines are not so convenient - in case of need to provide a prescription, the doctor should come up (without any teleconferences), write a prescription and enter it into the depository of the device, which will sell the right medicine to the client. In general, it is easier to buy medicine directly from the doctor than from the second type of vending machines, agree.
Of course, the first type of devices also has drawbacks - the main one is that you can buy prescription medicine only during office hours, when the doctor can get in touch, confirming the prescription. But still, for remote regions such machines are extremely convenient - besides the permission to receive any medicine, the client can get a short consultation with his doctor. And no need to go anywhere.
In general, a good initiative, perhaps, and we will begin the introduction of such technologies in some time. I honestly like the Google Health project, which has been in the US for some time, even more. This project allows to conduct continuous monitoring of various physiological indicators of a person, keeping an archive of observations on the Web. Thus, any doctor, having access to such data, can immediately give his recommendations, without additional examination.Source of