An app today keeps the doctor away – Health Care within Reach

An app today keeps the doctor away – Health Care within Reach

GOeVisit, an app that connects users with doctors, nurses and medication over the internet for a fee, aims to shorten the distance between patients needing minor care and professionals who can provide it.

Liz Bryant Viccars, co-founder and chief operating officer of MyCare MedTech Inc., a Canadian telemedicine company behind the service, said GOeVisit was created with the intention of helping those who may need to travel for treatment.

“That is huge for rural and remote communities that are really struggling with access, not only to medical care, but if they’re struggling with access to pharmacies,” Bryant Viccars said.

According to a 2015 report reviewing rural health services in Alberta, lack of transportation to health care is a major barrier for rural Albertans, especially those in remote locations away from the Edmonton-Calgary corridor and in northern parts of the province.

Instead of packing up for a road trip, to make an appointment, rural and remote users need only pick up the phone and respond to a clinical interview before being matched with an appropriate health-care professional for treatment, Bryant Viccars said.

Although unable to provide ongoing or primary care, the service boasts the ability to treat and prescribe for more than 300 minor illnesses, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Users also have access to prescription delivery.

“If it’s episodic care that they’re looking for, if it’s minor illness type conditions — like cough, colds, flus, minor skin irritations, things along that line — they don’t have to leave their homes,” Bryant Viccars said.

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