In an effort to provide doctors and patients in Canada with access to virtual healthcare technology solutions and services, TELUS Health is joining hands with Babylon, one of the world’s leading digital health companies. The partnership aims to deliver more options for accessing quality healthcare and communicating more efficiently with healthcare practitioners.
“Canada is building a reputation worldwide for innovation and desires to be at the cutting-edge of development,” said Dr. Ali Parsa, Babylon’s Founder & CEO. “TELUS’ consumer-centric approach coupled with its success in creating a more connected healthcare ecosystem through the use of innovative digital health technology solutions makes them the perfect partner for Babylon as we begin to serve this great country. Together, we will build on the brilliant work that Canada’s federal and provincial governments, departments of health and clinicians are doing to tackle issues of primary care access and affordability.”
A recent study by the Canadian Medical Association found that 75% of Canadians believe that new technologies could solve existing issues in our healthcare system. Furthermore, 70% of participants said they would take advantage of virtual physician visits as it would lead to more timely and convenient care.
Babylon’s suite of digital solutions is currently being used by approximately three million direct members outside of Canada. The service will complement existing healthcare services across the country for people in rural areas or living with mobility issues, those who are unable to access non-emergency healthcare on evenings, weekends or holidays, and for the five million Canadians who do not have a family physician.
The TELUS-Babylon service in Canada will be made available in English at launch with French to follow in 2019. For more information, visit babylonhealth.com.