A Quebec entrepreneur today launched the medical teleconsultation application Olive, which allows users to virtually meet with a healthcare specialist to avoid the inconvenience and stress of a clinic visit.
“The health situation has enabled us to realize that many situations can now be managed virtually, whether at work, with our friends or even in health”, explained Stephan Huot, founder of Olive, at the launch virtual application this morning.
The businessman is not at his first venture. At the head of the Huot Group, he owns around fifty businesses, including the emergency medical evacuation company Airmedic.
Doctor and consultant for the Olive application, Doctor Marc Gosselin studied the importance of medical teleconsultation in isolated regions. “In the context of COVID, this method also helps maintain safe practices,” he says.
How it works?
By connecting to the application from his mobile, the patient informs his needs in order to be put in touch with an approved health professional according to the skills required: chronic pain, minor infection, dermatological condition …
If possible, the caregiver makes the consultation and the medical prescription virtually. If not, he invites the patient to go to the clinic.
The team currently has around twenty doctors and as many nurses ready to answer patient calls. This workforce could double by this summer.
The Olive service includes unlimited access to teleconsultations, a virtual prescription refill and medical prescription service and the assurance of immediate Airmedic assistance in the event of an emergency.
The individual subscription costs $ 15 and the family subscription, valid for four people, costs 39. The application is already available on the App Store and the Google Play Store.
A matter of security
“Telemedicine is increasingly establishing itself as an effective solution accessible to all, provided it is properly supervised” – Marc Gosselin, doctor and consultant for the Olive application
“My role is to ensure that the quality of the medical procedure is respected,” said Sanjeev Sirpal, medical director at Olive, adding that the data in the application is systematically encrypted and secure.
Asked to comment on the Olive app project, the Ministry of Health had not responded to Metro at the time of publishing these lines.