Feds provide funding for home
OAKVILLE, Ont. –
Tony Clement (pictured), Federal Industry Minister, has announced a
contribution of up to $300,000 in funding for PharmaTrust from the
National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance
Program (NRC-IRAP). PharmaTrust is an Oakville based company developing
innovations in remote healthcare technologies and services.
The funding will enable the development of MedHome, a personal
medication management system that addresses the critical issue of
medication compliance, helping patients safely and effectively manage
their own medications.
The PharmaTrust MedHome is a personal in-home device that dispenses unit
doses to patients at pre-set times and provides patient monitoring and
reminders to ensure patient health and safety. This simple and easy to
use device also enables patients to immediately connect with a
pharmacist, physician, caregiver or emergency response at the touch of a
button. In a retirement home setting, the in-room MedHome device can be
used in concert with a centrally located MedCentre, to deliver a
complete on-site medication management system.
“We are pleased to be able to support the inventive work of PharmaTrust
in remote healthcare technologies”, said Minister Clement. “Partnering
with organizations like PharmaTrust to foster the development of
innovative technologies creates valuable opportunities for Canadian
business, both at home and abroad.”
PharmaTrust is the creator and developer of the MedCentre, which makes
use of advanced robotics, scanning and video-conference technology, to
connect individuals in real-time to a pharmacist in another location. In
2009, NRC-IRAP announced a $1.5 million contribution to support the
development of telepharmacy, primary care platform and advanced
manufacturing techniques and technologies by PharmaTrust.
The MedHome will lever the telepharmacy platform previously developed by
PharmaTrust™ to manage and monitor patient drug therapy compliance and
“When patients receive multiple medications, they face an increased risk
of complications which arise due to non-compliance and adherence to
their medication orders,” said Don Waugh, CEO of PharmaTrust. “Many
individuals have trouble properly following their medication schedule as
directed by their physician.”
Studies indicate that medication non-adherence among older adults is a
prevalent and costly problem; approximately one half have problems
following their prescribed medication regimen, and more than 10% of
hospital admissions are the result of medication non-adherence.
The $300,000 contribution from NRC-IRAP will support the software and
engineering development activities required to deliver a working
prototype of MedHome.
About PharmaTrustTM Inc.
PharmaTrustTM is the developer, manufacturer and operator of the
PharmaTrust line of remote healthcare technologies and services. The
PharmaTrust MedCentre and MedHome technologies create a new strategic
choice for healthcare industries to deliver innovative telemedicine and
pharmacy services. The PharmaTrust MedCentre is a complete pharmacist
controlled, automated pharmacy dispensing system. It can dispense over
2000 different medications, is 100% remotely pharmacist controlled and
audited and can put 24-hour pharmacies anywhere without the barriers of
time, distance, language or costs of traditional pharmacies.
Posted January 27, 2011