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IMU Pharmacy Team is 1st Runner-up of Big ‘I’ Competition 2020

13 Oct 2020

An IMU team consisting of pharmacy students, Amanda Tan Yee Mun and Vilashini Saravanan triumphantly won second place in the Big ‘I’ Competition 2020 under the Malaysian Innovative Healthcare Symposium (MIHS), organised by Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society-Young Pharmacist Chapter (MPS-YPC). They acquired the 2nd place after eliminating 17 other teams from diverse private and public universities in Malaysia. The Big ‘I’ competition 2020 is one of the many series of events held by MPS-YPC.

The IMU team came up with Forget Me Not, an E-health platform for Overall Women’s Sexual Health and Wellbeing. This E-heath platform aims to improve the overall wellbeing and sexual health of females by providing various features such as a menstrual checker/pill reminder, symptom checker, accurate and credible information on STDs and methods of contraception, discussion forum, consultation/appointment scheduling and as well as a shop feature for oral contraception.

When asked about how they developed this idea, both students praised to IMU for conducting modules and mentorship opportunities that focused on innovation and creativity. This competition provided both Amanda and Vila with a valuable experience. Moreover, it was an honor for them  to be able to present ‘Forget Me Not’ to various judges and students from other universities. Regarding the achievements, both are happy and grateful that they had the opportunity to represent IMU in the Big ‘I’ Competition.

“There’s no denying that innovation is the key to enhancing and upgrading our current healthcare system. We are moving into an era where convenience and accessibility is important to the public and it is our duty as future healthcare professionals to make this possible”

The Project was supervised and assisted by Dr Manisha Pandey, Lecturer, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Dr Rohit Kumar Verma, Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy Practice.

About Big ‘I’ Competition 
The competition aims to drive creative solutions and innovative concepts to improve the current healthcare models in Malaysia. According to MPS-YPC, it was hoped that the novel ideas provided by the participants could be transformed into a practical reality, which, when implemented, will lead to positive changes. The theme for the Big ‘I’ Competition this year was Connected Care, as E-health is becoming an emerging field which distributes health services through the internet or related technologies in today’s increasingly connected world. Hence, this indicates that E-health technology is a leading way for patients to manage their health.

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