Seventy per cent of Canadians see telemedicine as the future, and Lyte Medical wants to drive that conversation
LYTE MEDICAL, A virtual medical clinic founded in 2017, announced the launch of the Telemedicine Association of Canada (TAC) on Tuesday, the first such association in Canada.
Open to patients, provincial health authorities and healthcare professionals, the TAC brings together an accomplished multidisciplinary team of experts to help guide the development of telemedicine in Canada.
“We want to ensure that advances and innovations in the telemedicine domain are delivered safely, securely, reliably and promptly to all Canadians” ―Ali Mohamed
Covid has helped legitimize telemedicine, as well as significantly expanded its use. Prior to the pandemic, only 0.15 per cent of billable services were conducted virtually. But since then, Canadian Medical Association data found, 47 per cent of Canadians have used some form of virtual care during the pandemic, and 91 per cent claimed to be satisfied with the experience. All told, 70 per cent of Canadians believe telehealth represents the future of primary care.
With their experience in the field of virtual care, Lyte Medical is well positioned to lead this effort: through their own virtual practice they serve over 5,000 patients annually, in nine provinces and in many rural areas where doctor access can be limited.
The TAC aims to help drive the conversation about digital technology’s potential to improve accessibility within the Canadian health care system, and is committed to “reviewing, assessing and conquering barriers to the widespread adoption of virtual care from coast to coast.”
“Canada has been historically slow in the adoption of new medical technologies and therapies. One silver lining of this global event has been the uptake and endorsement of telehealth by everyday Canadians,” says Ali Mohamed, CEO of Lyte and founder of the TAC. “We want to ensure that advances and innovations in the telemedicine domain are delivered safely, securely, reliably and promptly to all Canadians.”
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