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May 08, 2014 11:17 ET

Canada's Leading Healthcare Organizations Team Up With George Brown College to Expand MyMedRec

A smartphone app to support the safe and smart use of medication

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 8, 2014) - In an effort to help more Canadians take better control of their healthcare, the innovative MyMedRec app, developed by seven of Canada's leading healthcare organizations in collaboration with George Brown College is being expanded to include the Android platform that will launch later this month.

Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D), the Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Pharmacists Association, the Canadian Medical Association, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP), the Victorian Order of Nurses and the Best Medicines Coalition have previously joined together to support development of MyMedRec apps for the iPhone and Blackberry 10.

"Collaborations like this expand the reach of crucial, mobile-based technologies that puts the power of staying healthy, informed and active in the hands of the patients," says Robert Luke, Vice President of Research and Innovation at George Brown. "Now more than ever, George Brown is focused on working with industry partners like Rx&D to foster Canadian health-based innovation and prepare new workers for a changing healthcare system."

"We are very excited about this collaboration with George Brown College," said Russell Williams, President of Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D). "The result of industry working together with future innovators like the students at George Brown will allow MyMedRec to expand into the Android market, reaching and helping a whole new group of smartphone users."

Initially launched for iPhone in 2012, MyMedRec is a free app that empowers smartphone owners to use their mobile devices as a tool to manage a wide range of healthcare information and help them administer their medications safely and appropriately.

Last year, the number people viewing healthcare information on their mobile devices increased 134 per cent, a clear indication that people want to be a better participant in their own health. Apps like MyMedRec help ensure they have the tools they need to assume a leadership role in their care.

George Brown student researcher Robert DeCaire saw the project as a valuable learning experience. "The opportunity to work on a high-profile project like MyMedRec is rare for a student. It has given me the chance to grow my skills as a software developer and to create something that will stand out in my portfolio. ISMP and Rx&D have provided excellent support and I will leave this project with the knowledge that I created something that will be used by thousands of people."

About Rx&D

Rx&D is the association of leading research-based pharmaceutical companies dedicated to improving the health of Canadians through the discovery and development of new medicines and vaccines. Our community represents the men and women working for more than 50 member companies which invest more than $1 billion in research and development each year to fuel Canada's knowledge-based economy, contributing over $3 billion to the Canadian economy. Guided by our Code of Ethical Practices, our membership is committed to working in partnership with governments, private payers, healthcare professionals and stakeholders in a highly ethical manner.

About George Brown College

Toronto's George Brown College has established a reputation for equipping students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to pursue the careers of their choice. The college offers programs from its three campuses located across the downtown core, including its newest location at the Toronto waterfront, which opened in September 2012. George Brown offers 135 full-time programs and 189 continuing education certificates/designations across a wide variety of professions to a student body of over 24,500 (full-time equivalent) students, including over 3,200 international students; and over 61,000 continuing education registrants. Students can earn certificates, diplomas, postgraduate certificates, apprenticeships and degrees.

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