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Our Journey

2016
Inspiration
We came across the amazing medication label prototypes designed by a group of design school students of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2011. Sadly, the designs were not put forward and implemented in the community, but have inspired us to re-launch this initiative in the community implementation.
2016
2019
Exploring
We reached out academic professionals, healthcare professionals, community care service providers, carers, patients and the elderly regarding the ideas of the usage of drug icon design and the concerns of the implementation over the existing medication label.
2019
2020
Research
We conducted a comprehensive research on regulation requirements, developed the cross references with Taiwan and US drug icon / label implementations. And, we developed our version 1 design based on 26 common medication instructions and warnings used in the community medication.
2020
Vision
We set out our goal to create boarder impacts through implementation in creative commons licenses and co-create spirit to cover more languages and geographic supports.
2020
Validation / Refinement
We conducted 3 rounds of validations with more than 500 professionals and end-users for feedback to enhance the icons in order to develop a set of general understandable / readable and universal design for all cultures and ethics.
2020
Co-Creation
We worked with IVE Innovation & Technology Co-Creation Centre and their students to co-create and develop a Community Pharmacy Demo System to demonstrate the usage of the drug icon in community pharmacy setting.
Nov 2020
Funding
We were admitted to the SIE Fund / Impact Incubator Programme to implement a 12-month prototyping on our initiatives and ideas.
Nov 2020
Mar 2021
Partnership
We partner with various community care services providers to the elderly, carers and ethnic minorities to develop a 1000+ user networks.
Mar 2021
May 2021
Production of Education Kit (1000+ Units)
We designed and sourced 3000 units of pillbox (part of the education kit) based on the users' requirements on weekly usage, readability and user-friendliness, etc.
May 2021
May 2021
Production of Education Materials (3 Languages)
We have developed 3 sets of education leaflets in Traditional Chinese / English and Urdu, which serve as factsheets for the users to refer to the newly designed icons.
May 2021
May 2021
System Integration
We promote and demonstrate the drug icon integration with the Community Pharmacy System (i.e. PharmCare).
May 2021
Jun - Sep 2021
Promotion (72 Sets)
Jun - Sep 2021
Jun-Sep 2021
Implementation (1000 Users)
Jun-Sep 2021
Oct 2021
Assessment
Oct 2021
Nov 2021
Review
Nov 2021
2022
Scale-up
2022
2022
Advocacy
2022