The partnership between Sask.-based Hospitality Network Canada Inc., and U.S.-based Avizia will see the American devices and software company provide telemedicine carts to HNCI which serves more than 40,000 beds in 200 hospitals across Canada.
HNCI is a provider of integrated bedside and patient solutions in Canada. The company delivers managed TV programming and telephone services to more than 19,000 suites in more than 170 homes across the country.
Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical health care remotely. It has been used to overcome distance barriers and to improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities. A telemedicine cart is a mobile cart designed to integrate hardware and software for specific clinical needs.
“Expanding access to care and getting patients to the right specialist at the right time is what we at Avizia are all about,” said Avizia CEO and co-founder Mike Baird. “We’re excited to be working with HNCI to expand access to care for the hospitals and seniors they serve and look forward to innovating together to improve the health of Canadians.”
Avizia offers is a telehealth platform that builds the foundation for virtual care with specialty call calendars, patient queues, video visits, documentation, and by enabling collaboration between providers through secure text, voice, and video. The platform combines video devices with clinical workflow software solutions to streamline care coordination, provider collaboration, and patient engagement. The system also provides patients access to their care team for scheduled and on-demand virtual care.
“This partnership will strengthen our value proposition to our existing and new customer base and offer unique technologies enabling hospital, health districts and private healthcare providers to increase their efficiency and reach in a more timely manner patient than are in need of their services,” said Serge Lafleur, HNCI’s chief executive officer and president.
Avizia has been involved in telehealth projects in Canada in the past.
One of its most recent projects was that the First Nations Telehealth Expansion Project. Avizia helped transform primary care in British Columbia with an enhanced care delivery model that integrates telehealth to connect patients to the care they need.
In 2016, more than 100,000 telemedicine consultations were completed using Avizia’s clinical workflow solutions, including more than 47,000 telestroke visits.
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