PetalMD acquires Montreal-based startup Medago

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PetalMD, a 26,000-strong network for Canadian physicians, announced that it has acquired Montreal-based startup Medago.

Medago is an e-prescription startup offering a mobile app that allows doctors and dentists to send prescriptions from their smartphones to the patient’s pharmacy. As PetalMD already offers web-based physician scheduling, a patient booking system, and secure messaging, the company said that the acquisition is part of PetalMD’s mission to “close the primary care circle”.

“Our vision is for every Canadian to have the ability to book their doctor’s appointments online, visit the right doctor via our scheduling solution, and receive a notification when their prescription is ready, all for free,” said PetalMD’s CEO Patrice Gilbert.

Alex Aoun, founder of Medago, founded the company while running a health clinic in downtown Montreal and realizing that a lot of time was wasted on the phone with pharmacists who didn’t understand a doctor’s handwriting, or getting in touch because a patient lost a paper prescription. He will join the PetalMD team to integrate its solution to the PetalMD platform and work towards a full launch in mid-2016.

“It was a natural fit; we share the same vision and our solutions complement each other. This transaction will allow us to rapidly offer an integrated medical platform, which will undoubtedly benefit patients and healthcare professionals,” said Aoun.