'Pill Buddy' Entry Earns 2nd-Place at the Sanford Health Tech Summit

(Left to right) Taha Afzal '21, Alexander (Jowi) Amayo '22, Daniel Leite '22, Pawan Subedi '22

Augustana students Taha Afzal '21, Alexander (Jowi) Amayo '22, Daniel Leite '22 and Pawan Subedi '22 earned 2nd-place and a cash prize of $7,000 at the Sanford Health Tech Summit for their medication management system, Pill Buddy.

The team's idea for Pill Buddy was a user experience focused medication management system that would give patients: 

  • Easily accessible information on drug interactions, allergies, foods, and side effect-timed alerts to remind patients to take medications as directed by their doctors.
  • Reminders for patients to get refills on time.
  • Alerts when taking drugs that impair cognitive skills like driving.

This team of Augustana students was also the same team that won the Hult Prize on campus earlier this year and competed in regionals in San Francisco.

The Sanford Health Tech Summit is an event that was created for college students to create innovative solutions for real-world problems within the healthcare industry. A panel of healthcare industry experts judged the 100 participants' ideas and awarded cash prizes totaling $25,000.

About Sanford Health Tech Summit

The Sanford Health Tech Summit is a competitive group-based event designed to inspire current and prospective information technology experts, researchers, healthcare providers and scientists to find and explore creative solutions for real-world technology and data problems impacting the healthcare industry. The event was first held in 2019 and open to college students. Admission was free. Participants could register as part of a team or join individually and be assigned to a team by event staff. A panel of healthcare industry experts judged each team’s solution based on service value to Sanford Health and the healthcare industry at large. Winners received cash prizes.