Globe Newswire 16-Jan-2020 8:59 AM
WATERLOO, Ontario, Jan. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, TELUS announced its commitment to expand the company's innovative Health for GoodTM program with the launch of the new Sanguen Mobile Health Clinic, powered by TELUS Health, in partnership with Sanguen Health Centre. The Mobile Clinic, a specially-equipped clinic on wheels, will provide essential primary medical and mental health care, including electronic medical records directly to underserved Canadians in Waterloo Region, including Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge.
"At TELUS, a cornerstone of our social purpose is our commitment to enabling better health outcomes for all Canadians, including our communities' most underserved citizens," says Jill Schnarr, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship at TELUS. "We believe that in order to do well in business, we must leverage the power of our technology to improve the social health of our communities. With an investment of $10 million over five years, we're incredibly proud of our ongoing commitment to the TELUS Health for Good program and we're excited to bring these much needed services to Ottawa."
Already active in Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and Ottawa, these state-of-the-art Mobile Health Clinics operate in communities where frontline care is urgently needed and act as a vital link between the community and local health authority. The program helps to remove many of the barriers that Canadians living on the streets face in receiving medical care, and will support over 20,000 patient interventions per year nationwide.
Estimates show that 235,000 individuals experience homelessness in Canada in a given year. They also typically lack a documented medical history that can be referenced by healthcare practitioners. By facilitating better continuity of care, these services help those who cannot easily access traditional medical care, yet are in urgent need.
"At Sanguen Health Centre, we are committed to helping improve access to healthcare and providing much needed services to underserved individuals in our region," said Chris Steingart, Founder and Executive Director, Sanguen Health Centre. "The launch of this innovative Mobile Health Clinic, in partnership with TELUS, Kitchener Community Health Centre and Lang's Community Health Centre, will have an immediate impact on the health and well-being of many in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. We are beyond grateful to TELUS for their support, without which this program would not be possible."
The Mobile Health Clinics are equipped with TELUS Health's electronic medical record (EMR) technology and TELUS LTE Wi-Fi network technology. Skilled practitioners will be able to collect and store data, examine results over time, and provide better continuity of care to patients who previously had undocumented medical histories. The medical clinic is divided into two main areas: the first for patient reception and nursing care, and the second with an examination table and health practitioners' workstation including equipment necessary to provide primary healthcare such as routine testing, contraception, STI treatment, harm reduction services, and mental healthcare and counselling.
For more information about the TELUS Health for Good, and additional All Connected for Good programs visit telus.com/healthforgood.
About TELUS Health for Good
Since 2014, TELUS Health for Good has been helping to remove many of the barriers Canadians living on the streets face in receiving medical care and reconnecting thousands of patients to the public healthcare system. Mobile Health Clinics, powered by TELUS Health, were originally inspired by the work being done by Doctors of The World. The Mobile Health Clinics powered by TELUS Health, provide essential primary medical care, including electronic medical records, generating over 20,000 patient visits since the program's inception. Today, through numerous partnerships, volunteers, and the power of technology, TELUS Health for Good is an efficient and innovative mobile healthcare delivery tool to reach communities in need by bringing healthcare directly to the people that need it most.
TELUS (TSX:T, NYSE:TU) is a dynamic, world-leading communications and information technology company with $14.6 billion in annual revenue and 14.5 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video and security. We leverage our global-leading technology to enable remarkable human outcomes. Our longstanding commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. TELUS Health is Canada's largest healthcare IT provider, and TELUS International delivers the most innovative business process solutions to some of the world's most established brands.
Driven by our passionate social purpose to connect all Canadians for good, our deeply meaningful and enduring philosophy to give where we live has inspired our team members and retirees to contribute more than $700 million and 1.3 million days of service since 2000. This unprecedented generosity and unparalleled volunteerism have made TELUS the most giving company in the world.
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