For the past year or so I have been suggesting that employers hold off on buying any of the telemedicine solutions we have seen in the marketplace. Part of this is because we have seen several provinces (including Ontario) trialing programs for publicly funded options, so why pay privately?
During these unique and challenging times, this may be a way to reach out and get assistance without leaving home.
I’ve included a link to TIA health below that I’ve shared in the past. This is now funded by the province in Ontario, Alberta and BC.
In Ontario, the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) allows you to connect directly to your own doctor (if they are on the system and many are signing up each day). More info is below…
Covered in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia with a valid Health Card.
COVID-19 Screening now available!
Tia Health allows you to connect to a real Canadian doctor online via a, phone or secure messaging. Get prescriptions, medical advice, referrals, requisitions, mental health, and more.
OTN services are free for patients.
Designed to increase access to family doctors, specialists, and other health care providers, eVisits are often a time-saving and convenient option. eVisits connect you to your health care provider either from home on your own device, or from a health care centre near you. Every day, more and more providers offer video as an alternative to having an in-office appointment. There is no cost to patients. eVisits provide the same level of care as you’d expect with an in-office visit, as well as the opportunity for family members or other caregivers to participate in your care if appropriate. And the interaction is safe and private, with sensitive information transmitted through a secure network, and all the information from your eVisit is recorded in your medical record. When things like time off from work, childcare, and parking, make accessing care challenging, eVisits can help.