The implementation of a minor ailment diagnostic tool in Ontario community pharmacies-ON-348

Desired discipline(s): Pharmacy / Pharmacology, Life Sciences
Company: PharmAssess Diagnostics
Project Length: 6 months to 1 year
Preferred start date: 09/01/2020
Language requirement: English
Location(s): Toronto, ON, Canada
No. of positions: 1
Preferred institutions: University of Alberta, University of Saskatchewan, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo

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About the company: 

PharmAssess Diagnostics aims to revamp clinical pharmacy care, starting with transforming the way pharmacists diagnose and treat patients. We offer a diagnostic software solution for pharmacists to help treat minor ailments more efficiently and more confidently.
Within months, Ontario pharmacists will be given the ability to diagnose & treat common ailments. However, a recent summit revealed that over 80% of Canadian pharmacists state that there is insufficient time to provide advanced services and excessive competing priorities in the pharmacy workplace. Automating patient assessment, diagnosis, and documentation while personalizing treatment recommendations empowers pharmacists to better take hold of this new revenue stream and adapt to the expanded scope of practice.
PharmAssess is the first of its kind to provide a diagnostic edge in the pharmacy workplace, as no other pharmacy appliance leverages machine-learning and automation to interactively assist pharmacists in the diagnostic process. Pharmacists are able to save time, better engage in their expanded scope of practice, and provide better patient care, while optimizing workplace efficiency.

Please describe the project.: 

This research project examines the utility of the PharmAssess diagnostic tool in clinical pharmacy practice.

  • The PharmAssess software solution will be piloted in 50 community pharmacies.
  • Patients and pharmacists will have access to the tool through an easily accessible web portal/website.
  • Outcomes such as diagnostic accuracy, efficiency (time saved), and user satisfaction will be collected from the tool and summarized in a publication.

Target journals are:

  • “Innovations in Pharmacy” or
  • “Canadian Pharmacists Journal / Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada” or
  • "International Journal of Pharmacy Practice"

The PharmAssess diagnostic tool has the potential to advance the pharmacy profession toward a modern, automated, technology-driven workplace, that is able to save time and streamline processes for community pharmacies. Patients will be assessed and diagnosed more efficiently, and more safely, since the solution is designed to catch critical information and probe for criteria required to make the most appropriate treatment recommendations. This technology is at the forefront of pharmacy evolution and innovation because it accommodates a challenging expansion to our scope of practice, and automates pharmacy processes (documentation, minor ailment assessment, and treatment identification).

Required expertise/skills: 

  • Research experience in pharmacy / social science
  • Experience with writing publications
  • Qualitiative data collection & analysis
  • Pharmacy outreach