New smartphone app gives Albertans access to virtual health care during COVID-19 pandemic
Babylon mobile app allows you to check symptoms, consult with doctors
Albertans are being offered a new tool for getting medical advice without having to go to a doctor's office — an option that's suddenly become more desirable amid the COVID-19 emergency.
Using the downloadable app Babylon, developed by Telus Health, Albertans can now meet with licensed physicians in one-on-one video consultations through their smartphone, the province said in a release Thursday.
The app can be used to check symptoms — including those of COVID-19 — book appointments, see a doctor and get prescriptions and referrals, all covered under Alberta's public health-care insurance.
Health Minister Tyler Shandro says the joint initiative with Telus Health comes at a time when the health system is asking people to self-isolate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"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," he said.
The service is already being offered in British Columbia.