IT WORLD CANADA – UniDoc’s health clinic “cubes” are now being tested in Ontario pharmacies

By Samira Balsara – March 16, 2022

UniDoc Health is now testing its virtual care technology in three pharmacies in Ontario, as part of a deal with Ontario’s OnPharm-United, an organization for independent pharmacies.

UniDoc’s platform is a kiosk that acts as a remote health clinic. It enables real-time, remote doctor and patient engagement with full diagnostic capabilities, replacing the need for a walk-in clinic visit.

With the OnPharm-United deal, patients in Ontario can now try out the kiosk at certain pharmacies. UniDoc will train employees of any OnPharm-United member pharmacy in which a Virtual Care Solutions Models kiosk is placed to ensure trained staff are available to assist kiosk users.

Pharmacies located in Wallaceburg, Scarborough, and Etobicoke will be testing UniDoc’s kiosks.

Successful tests of UniDoc’s technology could ultimately result in over 300 pharmacy installations in Ontario.

The concept was developed in efforts to improve telemedicine, chief executive officer Antonio Baldassarre said.

CEO Anthony Baldassarre

“We wanted to go beyond just a Zoom call or a phone call. UniDoc’s mission is simple. We want to remove barriers between the physicians and the patient,” he said.

Alleviating strain on health care systems

Over the course of two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the health care system.

“What the pandemic has done was really drive most clinics or doctors’ offices to either on the phone or a Zoom call. Some of the issues with that is that the system has limited diagnostic capabilities,”  Baldassarre said.

Data security issues are also present, as data is not transmitted through an authorized EMR system on a Zoom call. In addition, the pandemic has also made health care less accessible.

“If I’m not familiar with how to use a computer, or I have a disability of some kind, like a deaf or blind person, I can’t really communicate as well. So, a lot of people probably have not gone to the doctor for two years,” he said.

UniDoc’s kiosk helps solve some of these problems. The cube is designed to be much more accessible than a Zoom call.

According to Baldassarre, all of UniDoc’s cubes are American with Disabilities Act (ADA) approved. There is wheelchair accessibility, the monitor features captions for calls with the doctor, and the kiosk also comes with a keyboard for a patient to type back to the doctor.

Here’s how the UniDoc kiosk works:

UniDoc’s virtual health clinics

Patients can phone in or walk into a pharmacy to book an appointment, just as they would when scheduling a regular doctor’s appointment.

The system will then automatically tell the patient which doctors are available and if they can see them right away.

Once a doctor is ready, the patient will walk into the “cube” or kiosk and a nurse will be readily available to work with them.

The nurse will record the patient’s weight, blood pressure and vitals. All of that information is sent to the doctor through the electronic medical record (EMR) system, which is an authorized and legal way of transmitting medical data. This way patient data is stored safely, as opposed to the way it is handled in other forms of telemedicine like a Zoom call, where it may not be properly protected.

The doctor has the ability to remotely join the appointment anytime and interact in real time with the patient, control the instruments, and even call in a specialist if the patient requires one.

UniDoc’s goals

UniDoc’s main goals are to reduce wait times in doctors’ offices for patients and doctors, as well as save time in the emergency room (ER). Patients can visit a UniDoc cube before going to the ER if they have a headache or cut, for example, and will be advised if the concern requires a visit to the ER. Baldassarre said this tool is also cost saving for the healthcare system.

In addition, UniDoc is simplifying doctor checkups for people with chronic diseases. Asthma, diabetes and lupus, for example, can be life threatening if not continuously monitored.

“What we’re trying to do particularly with OnPharm-United and their group, is that someone can literally just go to the local corner pharmacy to do these kinds of tests rapidly without having to commute and without the long appointments. The system will upload it so their doctor would get all the information that they need to continue a certain lifestyle,” he said.

Expanding UniDoc

UniDoc is already planning the future of its technology, hoping to expand globally for travellers. If a Canadian is visiting Italy for example, all they would need is their health card and they would be able to set up an appointment with their doctor back home through the kiosk.

“Healthcare should be accessible to everyone. We really believe healthcare is not a privilege, healthcare should be a right,” Baldassarre said.

Source: https://www.itworldcanada.com/article/unidocs-health-clinic-cubes-are-now-being-tested-in-ontario-pharmacies/476063

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Roberto Caon

Advisor

Mr. Caon is an elected member of the Italian Parliament. Since 2013, he has been a Member of the Italian Republic with the functions of: member of the Transport, Digitization, and Communications Commission of the Italian Parliament, member of the Bicameral Commission for Regional Affairs, and member of the Agriculture Commission. In Parliament, counted among his numerous successes, he has assisted with the implementation of various telemedicine services in the family sector. He has done this through the identification of innovative processes for patient care and the strengthening of multi-professional and multidisciplinary collaboration between different professionals. This work is now included in the proposed National Recovery and Resilience Plan, the 750 billion European plan that the member countries will use for the recovery of national economies, severely tested by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Prior to his current role in the Italian Parliament, Mr. Caon has spent over 30 years as an entrepreneur coordinating and designing solutions and technologies in the engineering, automotive and manufacturing sectors that are currently employed in 34 countries and used by hundreds of companies in both B2B and B2B2C environments. He held the role of owner and administrator of Giorgia Srl., a small / medium company active in the automotive and manufacturing engineering sector. He has worked extensively in the development of foreign markets for various companies in the metalworking and manufacturing sectors. He is currently a member of many trade associations linked to his extensive personal entrepreneurial background.

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Sina Pirooz

Director

Mr. Pirooz is a registered and practicing pharmacist, and has been a professional member of the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia since 2003, with over 20 years of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy management experience. As owner of a compounding pharmacy, Mr. Pirooz has been dispensing pharmaceuticals for over 18 years and provides pharmacist and pharmacy management services to many of Canada’s largest pharmacy chains and drug stores. Mr. Pirooz is also the CEO and a director of Genix Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a company listed for trading on the TSXV.

Dr. Sazzad Hossain, PhD

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He is the former Chief Scientific Officer of InMed Pharmaceuticals Inc., a leading public Canadian bio-pharmaceutical company. Previously he worked as Senior Scientist at Biotechnology Research Institute of National Research Council Canada. Working with the Canadian government he helped establish the pharmacology laboratory to evaluate safety and efficacy of cannabinoid-based and other drugs under development for cancer, cardiovascular and ocular diseases.

Jacob Moshinsky

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Antonio Baldassarre

CEO, President and Director

Mr. Baldassarre has held senior management and director positions of new business start-ups and established multinational organizations with over 30 years of experience in the Security, Information Technology and Communications industries. With leadership skills in management of international operations, shareholder exit strategies, and overall business development, he has utilized a wide range of strategic programs to maximize organic growth into specific industry segments through OEM, alliances, and direct multi-level distribution channels. Mr. Baldassarre is able to plan, organize and direct all aspects of a Corporation from Operations, P&L oversight, product distribution, Product promotions, sales and development activities and initiatives utilizing my extensive marketing/sales senior management experience with developed abilities in team leadership and program/campaign development. Directly involved in the growth, branding and ultimately optimizing market share, product awareness, revenues, profitability and shareholder value. Mr. Baldassare is also the President of LRG Security Canada Inc. and LRG Security Europe.

Franco Staino

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Franco Staino is the Developer of the Italian National anti-counterfeiting Program for Pharmaceuticals developed in conjunction with the Ministry of Health as well as the National Certification Program for all unsold Prescription Drugs in Partnership with Pharmindustria (National association of all Pharmaceutical Manufactures) through ASSINDE.

Through one of his Companies, Carlucci are responsible for the control, labelling and collection of all pharmaceutical prescription drugs in Italy, under the PHG umbrella Franco opened first a UK division, now has also expanded into 4 African countries. Over the Years Franco has been a Board Member and Contributor on various International Committees, including the United Nations.