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Mobile App Helps Users Locate Health Services
Source: http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2009-2013/2012HLTH0007-000108.htm
Source Date: Monday, February 06, 2012
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: Canada
Created: Feb 13, 2012

Coquitlam, British Columbia – The Province today unveiled a mobile application, which allows people to locate a range of health services in British Columbia using an iPhone, iPad or iPod.

The BC Health Service Locator app lets people find walk-in clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, immunization clinics and after-hours pharmacies nearby. Mobile users can filter the results to view a particular type of health service, such as walk-in clinics, or view wheelchair-accessible locations. The keyword search provides the opportunity to view results in different locations or find a particular type of health service. Details attached to the locations include the health service description, hours of operation, contact information and address.

Users can view the latest health alerts posted on the HealthLinkBC site from within the app, and have instant access to call 8-1-1 for non-emergency health information and 7-1-1 for hearing-impaired assistance. This app is designed for more immediate, non-emergency medical assistance and information. For immediate emergency help, always call 9-1-1.

The BC Health Service Locator app was created by HealthLinkBC and is available only through the iTunes App Store. The Province is currently working on ways to make this app available to all mobile platforms.

By using volunteers to help develop the app, the Province minimized development costs, making the project more affordable, and making it easier for the provincial government to take the leap into the world of mobile app development.

The BC Health Services Locator app builds on the Province’s range of initiatives to make the health system more accessible – such as calling HealthLinkBC 24/7 at 8-1-1 to access a registered nurse or dietitian or the new surgical wait times web sites at: www.health.gov.bc.ca/swt/

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