OAKVILLE, ON, Sept. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - PCAS™ Patient Automation Services
Inc. (PCAS) today announced it has begun rolling out PharmaTrust®
MedCentres™ in remote and rural communities in Ontario. The
state-of-the-art MedCentres are pharmacist-controlled, user-interactive
remote prescription-dispensing units that will revolutionize the
delivery of professional pharmacy services, allowing for greater access
to pharmaceutical care previously unavailable in many communities
across the province. The first rural MedCentre was installed at the
Curve Lake First Nation Health Centre, located north of Peterborough,
"Making professional pharmacy care accessible for people in remote and
rural locations, including the residents of Curve Lake and others like
them, is at the very core of our business," says David Gibbins,
executive chairman of PCAS. "At a time when the healthcare landscape is
changing and people expect more personal and convenient access to
services, PCAS is able to deliver solutions that offer innovative,
personalized care that promote excellence and efficiency in healthcare
This new type of pharmacy provides convenient healthcare services and
pharmaceutical care to currently underserviced, remote areas in
Ontario. The PharmaTrust MedCentre installation at Curve Lake Health
Centre is a trailblazing example of the enhanced collaboration between
innovative technologies and healthcare professionals with the ultimate
goal of improved patient-focused health outcomes that should be
available in all communities.
PharmaTrust began its commercial deployments in July 2011, and expects
to have 40 MedCentres in the market before the end of 2011. Patients
can fill their prescriptions at convenient times and speak directly
with a pharmacist about their prescription and medication history. Home
delivery service for prescriptions will soon be available in select
"This is a great day for the people of Curve Lake First Nation," said
Chief Keith Knott, Curve Lake First Nation. "I've always believed, that
in order to be a good leader one must do a lot of observing. I have
observed a vital need to provide our people with the best access to
care possible. We now have immediate access to professional pharmacists
who will provide care to those who need it."
The Government of Ontario passed regulations in March 2011 to allow
remote dispensing - a milestone that PCAS was instrumental in
achieving. With the new regulations in place, PharmaTrust - PCAS'
technology and manufacturing division - will begin mass production and
distribution of the MedCentre units to meet growing demand from
communities across Ontario in need of access to local pharmacy services
and care. The Ontario College of Pharmacists is responsible for
inspecting and approving the location and installation of each
Once installed, operation of PharmaTrust MedCentres will be managed in
one of a variety of manners. Currently, most MedCentres will be
operated by Touchpoint Pharmacy - a division of PCAS, and a fully
accredited pharmacy based in Oakville, Ontario. In future, MedCentres
may be operated by large retail, small-chain or independent pharmacies.
The newly installed MedCentre at Curve Lake will be operated by
About PCAS Patient Care Automation Services Inc.
PCAS Patient Care Automation Services Inc. ("PCAS") is a healthcare
technology company based in Oakville, Ontario. PCAS' wholly-owned
subsidiary, PharmaTrust Corp. develops and manufactures remote
Through its focus on patient-facing technology products and solutions,
PCAS promotes excellence and efficiency in pharmacy and healthcare
delivery. The company is committed to:
Enhancing healthcare services, access, efficiencies and an improved
Creating step-changing innovations that transform healthcare delivery
and pharmacy for the 21st century.
Applying cutting-edge platform technology to achieve more value with
Improving outcomes and value in healthcare spending by government and
Making the promise of "healthcare, everywhere" a strong and economically sustainable reality.
About Touchpoint PharmacyTM
Touchpoint Pharmacy is a pharmacist-led, technology-driven reinvention
of pharmacy and healthcare services for the 21st century. Touchpoint
Pharmacy connects patients with pharmacy and healthcare services where
they have never existed before; empowers patients to experience
focused, personalized and uninterrupted time with a pharmacist; and
enhances quality in the pharmacy experience to improve medication
adherence and patient outcomes. The company is based in Oakville,
About PharmaTrust Corp.
PharmaTrust Corp. develops and manufactures remote healthcare solutions
that utilize state-of-the-art technologies to improve the economics of
pharmacy distribution and primary care delivery. PharmaTrust Corp.
enables partners to deliver better patient outcomes at lower cost and
create profitable new business offerings and revenue streams in a
competitive marketplace. The PharmaTrust MedCentreTM is a complete pharmacist controlled, patient-interactive remote
prescription dispensing unit. It uses state-of-the art robotics and
scanning technologies to provide "24/7" face-to-face patient-pharmacist
video consultation and immediate prescription dispensing to enable
pharmacies everywhere, without the barriers of time, distance, language
or costs of traditional pharmacies.
Image with caption: "Curve Lake First Nation Chief Keith Knott speaks with the pharmacist at Curve Lake's new Touchpoint Pharmacy, a pharmacist-led, remote-dispensing pharmacy that will provide on-site access to pharmacy services previously unavailable to residents of this remote community north of Peterborough, Ontario. (CNW Group/PCAS INC.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110922_C5752_PHOTO_EN_3677.jpg
SOURCE PCAS INC.
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