Launching C19.ca - Canada’s COVID-19 Navigator on anniversary of WHO Declaration of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
Online PR News – 03-February-2021 – Toronto, ON – Roughly one year after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, Canadian healthcare innovator EMPOWER Health is launching C19.ca, a national COVID-19 Testing Centre & Vaccination Site locator to help Canadians conquer the pandemic.
“Our goal has always been to make it easier for Canadians to find and access health services & to improve the efficiency of our healthcare system, which will ultimately improve the health of Canadians,” stated Ryan Doherty, President & Founder of EMPOWER Health. “With the surging need for COVID-19 testing and now also the availability of vaccines that protect against SARS-CoV-2, information about who, where & when these services are offered is more important than ever. Supporting navigation, access and distribution is a monumental challenge that we are ideally suited to address.”
EMPOWER Health is using their online health services locator to help Canadians search for and find nearby COVID-19 Test Assessment Centres and organizations providing COVID-19 Vaccinations. They are leveraging a similar vaccine locator they launched in August 2020 to support access to the Influenza vaccine (MyFluShot.ca), which also included vaccine inventory information to let Canadians know the locations of pharmacies, medical clinics, public health clinics, and pop-up community clinics with flu shots in stock and more importantly high dose flu shot availability. Similarly, C19.ca will support the multiple-phases of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out with e-mail notifications that will notify Canadians about the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine for their demographic at locations/facilities near them.
Public Health Units, Hospitals, Family Doctor’s Offices, Walk In Clinics, and Pharmacies that are performing COVID-19 testing or providing COVID-19 Vaccinations, can also benefit from the platform’s centralized appointment management & online appointment booking feature to support their local distribution & access. The platform’s online appointment booking service has been helping Canadians across the country access medical services & vaccinations at public health clinics, pharmacies, family doctor’s offices, walk-in clinics, and even pop-up flu clinics throughout the past half-decade.
EMPOWER Health is the same Ontario-based digital health innovator that has been helping Canadians navigate the healthcare system, and helping healthcare organizations reduce no shows and improve access to their services since 2012. EMPOWER Health’s healthcare system navigator has powered numerous digital health initiatives over the years (iamsick.ca, empower.ca, holidayhours.ca, MyFluShot.ca, myhealth365.ca, LTC-COVID19-Tracker.ca, myCOVID19test.ca, C19.ca).
Answering the Call of the Canadian Council of Innovators
A recent meeting of the Canadian Council of Innovators has led to a rallying cry from Canadian Tech Leaders for more Canadian Tech Innovators to step up and help support rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines. EMPOWER Health’s launch of C19.ca, already in the works, was accelerated because of this organization’s call to action and to address the many frustrations that Canadians have experienced throughout the pandemic.
About EMPOWER Health
EMPOWER Health is a digital health innovator that is transforming how patients navigate & access healthcare in Canada. Through their many websites and partner apps, patients can easily find nearby healthcare options, check vaccine inventory, sign-up for wait-list notifications, and book appointments online. C19.ca is the latest initiative in their ongoing efforts to improve Canadian’s access to health services.
Dr. Ryan Doherty" PhD
President & Founder