Vancouver healthtech startup Medeo is teaming up with PwC Canada, the Canadian arm of the big multinational professional services network. Broadly speaking, the partnership is meant to bring Medeo’s virtual care platform, where health professionals can video call with patients, to healthcare providers and patients across Canada.
Medeo’s platform delivers secure, high quality medical video visits and other online services. These can be done through mobile devices or through desktop. Medeo said it “brings healthcare into the 21st century by letting healthcare providers connect with patients online through secure video visits, comprehensive e-charting tools, prescriptions, and a growing list of medical activities.”
Now the startup will pair its technology with PwC’s knowledge and leadership in healthcare strategy and innovation to advance the state of virtual care in Canada.
“This strategic alliance with PwC, a true leader in Canadian health, will improve upon the access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare across the country.” said Ryan Wilson, Medeo CEO. “We’re working together to bring forth a new age of healthcare, where patients and providers have the modern tools they need to connect online in a simple and secure way.”
A release said “the alliance will deploy virtual care technology to health authorities, divisions of family practice, family health teams, hospitals and clinics across Canada.” Other than that it wasn’t clear how many healthcare locations will begin using Medeo as a result of PwC’s help, or when.
Nearly two thirds of Canadians would consider using virtual options for their own care or for someone they care for, according to PwC’s report: Making Care Mobile: Shifting perspectives on the virtualization of health care. The top motivators behind adopting virtual health (vHealth) and mobile health (mHealth) include: convenient access to a physician, ability to obtain information, and greater control over one’s health. The Medeo Health Online platform will also provide specialists, nurses, counsellors, medical office assistants and other healthcare providers with innovative tools for collaboration, greatly improving communication, access times and secure document sharing.
“We are excited to partner with Medeo to bring the future of virtual care to Canada.” said PwC’s Will Falk. “We expect a quarter of all healthcare delivery to occur virtually by 2020. The Medeo platform will improve patient outcomes and ease the stress on our healthcare system by providing expanded access to practitioners.”
Signing up as a patient on Medeo takes only minutes. Over 20,000 Canadians have already signed onto Medeo to access their healthcare online including a permanent, private Personal Health Record (PHR) of their health visits on the Medeo platform.