ACEAGE MEDICATION DELIVERY DEVICE OFFERED BY WELLNESS PHARMACY GROUP FREE OF CHARGE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA TO COMBAT COVID-19 OUTBREAK
The medication dispenser will facilitate social distancing while reducing burden on healthcare system amid global pandemic
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, AceAge Inc. a healthcare technology company, will have Karie, its groundbreaking medication delivery device, offered for free by Naz and Wellness Pharmacy Group in lower mainland British Columbia. Karie is a home health appliance that organizes and dispenses medication for patients, ensuring the most vulnerable citizens can access the medicine they need at the prescribed times without being reliant on outside intervention.
Karie’s remote monitoring system also provides peace of mind for those unable to check up on their loved ones given the federal government’s call for social isolation to curtail the spread of COVID-19. If a dose of medication is missed, Karie will send a notification to a friend, family member or caregiver, who can provide assistance if needed.
“With the outbreak of COVID-19, we are actively looking for solutions to help mitigate the spread of this virus and reduce strain on our healthcare system and healthcare resources,” said Spencer Waugh, CEO of AceAge. “With Karie being made available through our partnership with Wellness Pharmacy Group, we are able to ensure people will receive the medication they need, while providing peace of mind for caregivers.”
The Karie telemedicine solution allows users to enjoy their independence while offering a high level of medical care. Karie uses easy-to-open pouches to organize medications, which are pre-packed by a pharmacist to avoid confusion. When it is time to take the medication, Karie will light up and chime to notify the user. AceAge has already sold thousands of devices for people across the world who will rely on Karie as their automated and trusted solution to prescription management.
“Given the unique circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we believe the distribution of Karie through our pharmacy chains will have a significant impact in facilitating social distancing while ensuring our patients have access to the medications they need at the right times,” said Mabel Yan, General Manager of Wellness Group of Pharmacies.
The Karie device has the potential to reduce the burden on our healthcare system as the medical community grapples with hospital overcrowding, staff shortages and risk of infection to nurses, doctors and personal support workers. With up to one in four hospital patients admitted due to medication errors, Karie will ensure users have access to proper medical assistance in the comfort of their own homes.
“As we navigate through this global pandemic, it is incredibly important for the public sector to support the advancement of telemedicine solutions that can help limit our social interactions and reduce outside visits to vulnerable populations,” said Waugh. “Let’s use this as an opportunity to think critically about optimizing healthcare delivery across our country.”
AceAge Inc. is a healthcare technology company, creating beautiful and intuitive products to ease the aging process. Karie is AceAge’s first commercially available product, making medication management as simple as possible. Outfitted with a front facing camera and Bluetooth connectivity, AceAge plans for Karie to become the central fixture of the connected health home.
About NAZ and Wellness Pharmacy Group
Naz and Wellness Pharmacy Group is a privately owned, independent business consisting of 16 well-established pharmacies within the Lower Mainland. We have grown from modest foundations into an operation that employs more than 80 people, and we continue to grow steadily. This growth is attributed to our unwavering dedication to not only meeting, but exceeding the needs of our community. We pride ourselves on our commitment to quality patient care, fiscal responsibility, and progressive vision and growth.