UK medical cannabis suppliers Grow Pharma have teamed up with an Australian tech firm to launch a new app for patients.
The partnership with OnTracka will see them launch Calyx, a free health monitoring app already being used elsewhere in the world.
Users will be able to monitor their own symptoms and medication usage, speak securely with their doctor and contribute to gathering evidence about the use of medical cannabis.
The app will also be available in Ireland and the Channel Islands after successful launches in Australia, the US and South America.
Pierre Van Weperen, CEO of Grow Pharma said: “Grow Pharma is currently fulfilling around a third of all prescriptions for the UK’s medicinal cannabis patients.
“Our prominent role gives us a significant advantage to building data insights into how patients are managing their health.
“This is integral to pave the way towards increasing access for patients in the UK through providing doctors with confidence around the safety and efficacy of these products.
“Using the app will generate important insights to provide real-time evidence to doctors and regulators.”
Grow Pharma hopes the app will help ‘rapidly accelerate an understanding of the safety, quality, and efficacy’ of medical cannabis.
Insights gained via the app will ‘advance the industry forward in the service of patients, shaping future legislation and policy based on patient experiences’ by providing real-world data to regulators.
Grow is in the process of raising £6m worth of capital via a private funding round expect to be completed later this month.