Hon. John Wilkinson cuts ribbon to launch three-month evaluation trial at
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - Canada's first point-of-care medication
dispensing and management system was launched at Sunnybrook Health Sciences
Centre today. The PharmaTrust Dispensary, developed by Oakville-based PCA
Services Inc., will operate within Sunnybrook's pharmacy during a three-month
evaluation of patient experience with the dispensing process.
During the trial, a PharmaTrust pharmacist will process the
prescriptions, verify each medication dispensed, and provide medication
counselling to patients using the automation-assisted dispensary.
"Sunnybrook endeavors to be on the forefront in testing innovative new
technologies and we're hoping this trial will provide pharmacists additional
time with patients to provide optimal counseling and advice on the appropriate
use of their medication," says Thomas Paton, director of Pharmacy Services at
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. "Our priority is to seek out opportunities
that have the potential to enhance patient care."
The PharmaTrust Dispensary can stock up to 220 types of prescription
drugs, including pre-packaged oral and topical medications, which are picked
by its sophisticated robotic system, after the pharmacist processes the
prescription. The system uses advanced RFID technology and bar code scanning
systems to identify, label and deliver to the patient the medication
prescribed. This is designed to eliminate the potential for dispensing errors.
Commenting on the system being evaluated at Sunnybrook PCAS Chief
Pharmacist Jim Gay said, "Patient choice, convenience, safety and privacy are
fundamental to our vision of PharmaTrust and we have spent much of the past
two years ensuring we can deliver in these key areas at all levels."
"PCAS plans to conduct an independent outcome study to evaluate the
benefits offered by PharmaTrust within the context of patient satisfaction and
the evolving needs of the healthcare system and its provider," noted Don Waugh
CEO and co-founder of the company.
About PCA Services:
Headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, PCA Services Inc. is an innovator of
hardware and software for the dispensing and ongoing management of patient
drug therapy and the developer of the PharmaTrust Dispensary. The company has
evolved from a virtual organization as recently as November, 2007 to one with
a 16,000 square foot facility and 40 employees.
The PharmaTrust Dispensary is the product of two years of intensive
research and development and was designed for deployment in hospitals,
pharmacies, medical clinics and other locations. For additional information
please visit www.pharmatrust.com.
The company is a federally licensed drug wholesaler and operates an
accredited home delivery pharmacy, Direct Care Pharmacy. Additional
information can be found at www.directcarepharmacy.ca
Don Waugh Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder:
Don Waugh is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the
company. Prior to the start up of PCAS in 2006, he had built three successful
technology companies - Quarsametrics, a developer of storage systems for the
computer market place founded in 1994; Coolwater Ltd., an Internet access and
marketing company, whose clients included Royal Bank of Canada and JVC Canada,
Echoworx Corporation, a pioneer in secure email technology founded in 2000. In
addition to his current responsibilities with PCAS, Don is Chairman of the
Board of Applied Recognition Inc., a company that specializes in the
application of face recognition technology. He began his career as a Certified
Management Accountant and was involved in overseas development work for the
International Development Research Centre before becoming Chief Financial
Officer of the Institute for Space and Terrestrial Research.
Peter Suma, Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder:
Peter Suma is responsible for the development and execution of the firm's
business strategy including the company's day to day operations. Prior to
joining PCAS in 2006, he was Vice-President, Investments, at GrowthWorks
Capital Ltd., a leading venture capital fund. As principal at Start Seed
Capital he invested in early stage technology companies. Peter founded, built
and sold SRG Software Inc., a software development firm and repeat winner of
Profit Magazine's 'Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies' award and Microsoft's
Partner of the Year award. Peter has an Hon. B.Sc. degree from the University
of Toronto, an MBA from the University of Chicago, L.L.M. in Securities Law
from Osgoode Law School, and a PDAM from the Schulich School of Business.
Peter is a certified corporate director with an ICD.D from the Rotman School
For further information:
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