According to a local study, the number of older adults in Singapore with three or more chronic diseases nearly doubled from 2009 to 2017.
For patients of chronic diseases, shuttling between their home and clinics to refill on long-term medication is a repeated task.
Digital health startup Gmedes wants to make this easier.
The Singapore company today launched its service G-MEDS, that allows clinics to electronically prescribe, bill, dispense and deliver routine medication directly to the homes and offices of patients or their caregivers.
G-MEDS is designed to help private, specialist and neighbourhood clinics offer home delivery by connecting them with a network of pharmacies.
Upon its launch, nearly 2,000 private medical clinics are now able to provide same day or next day prescription delivery islandwide.
“With an ageing population in Singapore and rising chronic disease rates, busy patients and caregivers will benefit from this convenient service,” said Gmedes CEO Dennis Susay.
It could be especially useful for busy professionals, the elderly, home-bound patients and their caregivers.
Susay added that many Singaporeans now find themselves in the ‘sandwich class’, having to care for their young children as well as elderly parents, who may be dependents.
G-MEDS also gives doctors access to a wider range of medications beyond what they have in their clinics, and uses intelligent solutions to minimise errors in prescription and dosing.
The service has an auto-medication refill alert function, so that patients and caregivers can have a peace of mind knowing they will not run out of medication unexpectedly.
As a plug-and-play digital service, G-MEDS can be integrated with existing clinic management systems. It currently works with two in Singapore, Clinic Assist and Plato.
Patients who want to have chronic medication delivered to them can request for G-MEDS during their visit to the doctor.
They will then receive an e-prescription on their mobile or email, and make payment for their medication online.
To find out more about G-MEDS and where it is available, click here.
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