OAKVILLE, Ontario, July 6, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - PharmaTrust, makers of the world's leading remote prescription drug dispensing technology, has signed an agreement with the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) that will enable OTN's Members, including hospitals, to integrate PharmaTrust's technology into their telemedicine service offering. This new development will expand access to valuable pharmacy services for Ontarians.
"We are very fortunate to be able to partner with the Ontario Telemedicine Network. The organization has been a true trailblazer in the field of telemedicine and we are excited about the opportunity to combine our cutting-edge technology with their sophisticated network," said Don Waugh, co-founder and CEO of PharmaTrust.
OTN supports a secure, encrypted video service that helps deliver clinical care and professional education among health care providers and patients throughout the province. With more than 1,000 sites, including every hospital and hundreds of other health care locations in Ontario, OTN is one of the largest and most comprehensive telemedicine networks in the world.
"Above all else, OTN is committed to delivering world class healthcare to patients," said Dr. Ed Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Telemedicine Network. "We are confident that this partnership with PharmaTrust will enhance and improve patient care across the province while eliminating barriers to access. We are pleased to be able to support this service for those of our Members that wish to implement it and are very excited about the possibilities."
PharmaTrust has designed and developed the world's leading remote dispensing technology, the PharmaTrust MedCentre. The MedCentre extends the reach of pharmacists by allowing them to provide patients with 24/7, multilingual access to pharmacy services.
The unique MedCentre technology allows patients to interact live with a pharmacist who provides counselling via two-way video conferencing and controls the dispensing of medication to the patient.
PharmaTrust and OTN are working together to simplify the installation of MedCentres in Ontario hospitals. PharmaTrust signed an agreement with the Ontario Hospital Association earlier this year to deploy MedCentres in hospitals across the province.
"This is a golden opportunity to combine two advanced telemedicine technologies in an effort to improve access to care for Ontarians," noted Waugh. "Working together, PharmaTrust and OTN will ensure Ontario remains at the forefront of telemedicine for years to come."