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Stay In-novating profiles innovative small businesses in Canada that are finding creative ways to deal with the various challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping business running, providing support to employees, adapting to a completely different customer’s experiences, these are only some of the topics that are the things we should bt talking about. This series was developed to promote and support our small businesses that deserve the spotlight for their excellent services and decisions during these times.
MedEssist is a new startup working towards personalized apps for pharmacies. The MedEssist app allows Canadians to order medications from any pharmacy using their phone or computer by scanning any pharmacy receipt. It is designed to remind users to take their medications, safely store their medical data, and order their refills through the app in seconds.
They are used by 125 pharmacies and 3 hospitals over the past year. When Covid-19 hit, they saw that current clients were using the app more to reduce foot traffic in local pharmacies, and dedicated themselves to promoting this benefit. This promotes social distancing and limits the number of patients entering or waiting at pharmacies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to the more vulnerable population.
During the COVID-19 situation, frontline nurses and doctors are often prioritized for protective supplies, however, it is important to remember that pharmacists are medical professionals as well to ask medical questions to. Community pharmacies are small businesses themselves, with a majority of them not originally having a website. This is where MedEssist is stepping in the help the pharmacy business.
MedEssist will also allow hospitals and pharmacies to share inventory to address medication shortages, making the challenge to deal with limited supplies much easier. On the patient side, users can use MedEssist to locate pharmacies based specifically on the supply of the medications they need.
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