, the app that helps Canadians access health care, is extending its reach beyond Ontario with support from its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo
. Supporters of iamsick.ca’s crowdfunding campaign are now voting to decide the next province that iamsick.ca will blanket with app coverage.
Accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, iamsick.ca guides patients to the nearest open walk-in/after-hours clinic, urgent care centre, hospital emergency department, or pharmacy. The app also helps patients find healthcare providers who speak their preferred language.
"More than 700,000 Canadians need an interpreter due to language barriers in healthcare," said iamsick.ca co-founder Ryan Doherty. "Our app quickly shows nearby pharmacists or physicians who speak one of 25 languages. We are expanding the list of languages and working with organizations that support refugees and new Canadians to help them benefit from our service."
Operating successfully in Ontario since the fall of 2012, iamsick.ca displays the nearest healthcare options - including hours and contact info for nearby clinics, pharmacies and hospitals through its app that simplifies the search for same-day health care.
The company's goal is to expand into multiple provinces, so all Canadians can benefit from the free service. They raised over $3,000 through their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. This was less than their goal of $9,000. However, they will still expand into a second province this summer based on the votes of their supporters. “Reaching our funding target would have allowed us to expand quicker, but this isn’t holding us back from our vision of leveraging technology to help all Canadians access healthcare,” said iamsick.ca co-founder Ryan Doherty. “We are now looking at establishing partnerships with healthcare providers & organizations to accomplish common goals that will lead to improving service delivery, access to timely & appropriate care, and patient outcomes.”
The free iamsick app is available for BlackBerry 10, iPhone & Android. For more information, visit the iamsick.ca crowdfunding campaign page on Indiegogo
Established in 2012 at the University of Toronto, iamsick.ca delivers a curated listing of all ERs, urgent care centres, walk-in clinics, and pharmacies in Ontario. The listings are instantly accessible on computers and mobile devices via iamsick's nearest options mapping service. In 2013 the iamsick app was recognized as one of the best mobile health apps at the National Canadian e-Health conference. For more information please visit iamsick.ca