TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mednow Inc. (“Mednow” or the “Company”) (TSXV:MNOW), Canada’s on-demand virtual pharmacy, is pleased to announce the Company has formed Mednow Virtual Care Ltd. (“Mednow Virtual Care”) to provide its proprietary telemedicine service, allowing Mednow to offer its patients integrated access to doctors. Mednow Virtual Care is expected to launch its services in Ontario in the second quarter of 2021.
Mednow Virtual Care will be owned 70% by Mednow, with 15% to be each owned by companies wholly-owned, respectively, by Mr. Christopher Fisher and Dr. Karim Vellani. Both Mr. Fisher and Dr. Vellani are currently advisors to Mednow.
Mr. Fisher is the President & CEO of Ontario Partners in Health (OPiH). Dr. Vellani is a licensed physician practicing at St. Michael’s Hospital, a lecturer at the University of Toronto and is the founder of a physician home visit and virtual care company operating in Ontario. Mr. Fisher and Dr. Vellani will be integral to the recruitment of medical professionals and growth of the Mednow.ca platform.
“Consumers remain loyal to the pharmacies that provide the best service and we believe this means that physicians working closely with pharmacists can achieve best practices when it comes to medication fulfillment and adherence. With the launch of Mednow Virtual Care, Mednow’s patients will receive seamless interdisciplinary care on the Mednow.ca virtual platform in addition to the convenience of all of their pharmacy needs delivered to their doorstep. We created this joint venture with proven entrepreneurs and operators in the medical field because of our laser focus on patient experience,” said Karim Nassar, CEO of Mednow.
About Mednow Inc.
Mednow is a healthcare technology company offering virtual access with exceptional care. Designed with access and quality care in mind, Mednow.ca provides virtual pharmacy services with convenience and through an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare that is focused on the patient experience. Pharmacy services include free at-home delivery of medications, a user-friendly interface for easy upload, transfer and refill of prescriptions, access to healthcare professionals through an intuitive chat experience, a specialized PillSmart™ system that packages prescriptions and vitamins by date and time, as well as access to telemedicine.
About Christopher Fisher
Christopher Fisher is a seasoned veteran of senior management in the health services field and brings over 25 years of experience in both Ontario and Quebec. Mr. Fisher is President & CEO of Ontario Partners in Health (“OPiH”), a health services management company best known for being the management entity behind the University of Ottawa Health services (now ByWard Family Health Team) in addition to serving institutions and physician groups in primary care, specialty care and long-term care. OPiH provides consulting and direct services to its health care clients in the areas of clinical management, HR management, project management, facilities management, information management and government relations.
About Dr. Karim Vellani
Dr. Karim Vellani has held a number of leadership positions in quality improvement, information technology, clinical medicine and financial stewardship at St. Michael's Hospital Department of Family and Community Medicine, St. Michael’s Family Medicine Associates and in a number of community clinical settings. He has also served as an advisor and consultant to a number of successful digital health start-ups and electronic medical record vendors in Canada. Dr. Vellani brings a history of entrepreneurial success as the founder and medical director of MediCall, one of Ontario’s only complete omni-channel patient care platforms.
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