By Tawnya Plain Eagle
Files provided by Alberta Health Services.

Albertans can now meet with Alberta-licensed physicians through their smartphone, thanks to an initiative by TELUS Health.

“Alberta is pleased to partner with TELUS to deliver physician services in a new way. This app is now available and ready for use in Alberta,” Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health said.

The app can serve as a new tool for Albertans to access health-care information and support in response to COVID-19 – from anywhere in the province.

Albertans can use the service to check symptoms, book appointments, see a doctor, and get prescriptions and referrals for diagnostic imaging and specialists – all covered by Alberta Health Care. 

“it comes at a time when our health system is actively asking people to self-isolate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Shandro added.

Using this app is an alternative to visiting physicians face-to-face when you’re not sure if your symptoms are related to the novel coronavirus or at any other time.”

The service is being delivered to Albertans through an alternative relationship plan (ARP) between the Alberta government and TELUS.

There are currently 61 ARPs in Alberta involving 2,500 doctors. 

“In partnership with the Government of Alberta, our virtual health-care service bridges time and distance for Albertans in need of expeditiously accessing a physician at no cost from the comfort of home, while simultaneously keeping our amazing health-care professionals protected,” Darren Entwistle, president & CEO, TELUS said.

It is our sincere hope that we can mitigate the enormous pressure on our health-care system through our technology, human ingenuity and compassion.” Entwistle added.

Find more information about Babylon by TELUS Health and download the app here.

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