Akira, the on-demand healthcare iOS app, has announced it has expanded its services outside Ontario, now available to consumers in BC, Alberta and Quebec, according to its latest app update. Previously, a service for business customers was available in these provinces, but now Akira is available for consumers.
The app, which launched back in the spring of 2016 in Ontario, allows users to see board-certified doctors and nurses, who are able to diagnose common issues, write prescriptions, order lab tests and also specialist referrals. All of this is done through a video chat on your iPhone or iPad.
A year ago, Akira launched support for Apple Pay and also was recently updated to support iPhone X.
Akira runs on a one-time consultation fee or annual plans for individuals, couples or families.
According to Akira, Telemedicine delivered by a Nurse Practitioner is not currently covered by OHIP, MSP, AHCIP, or RAMQ.
But for those in BC, you can use the healthcare app EQ Virtual for free, as telehealth consultations are covered by MSP. Another telehealth app similar to EQ Virtual and Akira is Maple. The days of waiting in a clinic are over.
Click here to download Akira for iOS in the App Store. Let us know if you’ve used telehealth services before on your iPhone or iPad in the comments below.