In times like these, if you are sick or injured, the last place you’d want to go is the waiting room your doctor’s office, a health clinic or a hospital. Now that we are forced to work remotely, digital health apps, telemedicine and virtual care are becoming mainstream. They help you avoid cross-contamination in high-risk locations and improve productivity and outcomes for everyone.
Here are some of the most promising Canadian health tech companies that are helping you get access to health care right at your fingertips.
AlayaCare: AlayaCare of Montreal provides a revolutionary cloud-based home care suite of software solutions. For care workers they provide clinical documentation, back-office functionality, and for patients they provide client and family portals, remote patient monitoring, and a mobile home care app. This combination helps minimize travel for patients and maximize data availability in real-time. They announced this week that they have released a COVID-19 screener as part of their home care mobile platform.
Babylon by Telus health: Babylon by TELUS Health gives people access to healthcare from their homes. Through this free healthcare mobile app you can check symptoms, consult with doctors and access your health records. This week, the Government of Alberta and Telus Health announced a new partnership that will give Albertans access to virtual healthcare services, including doctors. The Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro stated that using the Babylon app is an alternative to visiting physicians face-to-face for anyone who is unsure whether their symptoms are related to COVID-19.
Cloud DX: The Cloud DX Connected Health platform streamlines the workflow required to provide Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) and Telemedicine (TM). Cloud DX has been recognized by OntarioMD for virtual video visits. During COVID-19 these virtual tools will be important for screening patients, caring for patients suspected of COVID-19 and caring for patients with other illnesses to reduce the risk of exposure.
Input health: Lets you answer the doctors’ questions on a more frequent basis giving doctors a trend view of your well-being. It allows for unnecessary physical visits when the risk of spreading infections is high. In response to COVID-19 InputHealth is offering its technology platform and services to any group in Canada and around the world.
Lumeca: Is a virtual health consultation tool that has partnered with the Government of Saskatchewan. Patients can receive virtual healthcare services including physician consultations (by text, audio or video), live chat with nurses and doctors, prescription refills, specialist referrals and the ability to manage all of your family’s healthcare in one account. Lumeca is available for FREE for Saskatchewan residents with a valid health card.
Check these applications out. Since we are already avoiding any work or social engagements to minimize the risk of exposure, accessing virtual health care is more important than ever.
Written by: Tiona Corcoran, VP International Recruitment and Immigration