Rewards app helps keep patients healthy

Media release | 18 January 2018

With up to 50 per cent of people with chronic medical conditions failing to take their medication regularly, the NSW Government is backing new technology that aims to encourage people to stick to their medication plan using games and rewards.

Sydney startup Perx received a $25,000 Minimum Viable Product grant from Jobs for NSW to develop its technology and the company is now trialling commercially with a $100,000 Building Partnerships grant.

Perx co-founder Hugo Rourke said the World Health Organisation estimates that 1 in 3 people in OECD countries have a chronic condition and up to half don't take medication as prescribed.

“People failing to take their medicine results in thousands of hospitalisations, even unnecessary deaths, and costs billions each year so we see huge scope for our tech to make a difference.

“Our app monitors a user's medication regime and gives them a chance to win a reward every time they stick to their schedule, encouraging them to develop positive habits,” he said.

Artarmon retiree Lindsay Alexander has Type 2 diabetes and says the Perx app has made a major difference in helping him managing his health, in turn maximising his quality of life.

“The app has helped me manage my medication in a big way. I spread the word to friends and relatives and some of them have taken it on as well,” said Lindsay.

“As a bonus, when I take my medication on cue I get rewards like cinema tickets, fuel cards or shopping vouchers which is a good incentive,” he said.

Coniston resident Therese Francis says the app has made a big difference as she needs to take a number of different meds, including for cholesterol and painkillers, at different times.

“Before the app came along it was easy to forget to take my medication or I could take them later than I should. It has most definitely helped my health. I recommend this app for anyone of any age who needs to take medication regularly."

Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro said Jobs for NSW funding had helped Perx to develop its easy-to-use mobile app alongside sophisticated rewards software.

“Jobs for NSW is now helping Perx in the next stage with a grant to help with clinical and commercial validation, working with the University of Sydney’s Boden Institute and with the Sydney Local Health District by assisting diabetes and cardiovascular outpatients,” he said.

For further information on Jobs for NSW assistance visit jobsfornsw.com.au

Perx team: Scott Taylor, Hugo Rourke and Matt Laird