Local doctors launch free web app for virtual care during COVID-19 and beyond

Project gives patients new options for service

From left, Liwordson Vijayabalan of Tmrrw Media, Dr. Sean Peterson, Lewis Menelaws of Tmrrw, and Dr. John O'Mahony.

Members of the Sarnia Physicians Group, led by Dr. John O’Mahony at 481 London Rd, are gearing up to do things differently.

In an initiative that began April 28, patients will be able to access the system instead of having to come in-person to the After Hours Clinic or Rapids Access to Care Clinic at 481 London Road.

The first step is to visit www.GetCorigan.ca and use the new virtual care web application for free.

Physicians and Nurse Practitioners will be able to attend to their patients via the website to communicate, assess, diagnose and treat patients in a virtual mode. “During this unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak this new use of technology is essential to providing non-emergent care during this healthcare crisis and beyond,” said O’Mahony.

Rapids Family Health Team Access to Care Centre will be assessing same-day patients virtually via GetCorigan.ca from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Their Nurse Practitioners will be assessing anyone with or without a family doctor, scheduling permitted, during the COVID-19 crisis to alleviate stress on the Bluewater Health Emergency Department.

The Sarnia Physicians After Hours clinic will be assessing patients from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday using GetCorigan.ca.  This group is comprised of 25 family doctors caring for over 50,000 patients.  The Sarnia Physicians will be seeing their own patients, as well as patients without a family doctor during COVID-19. Patients with a primary care provider should always seek care with their office as their first option.

GetCorigan.ca is a free web application that has reimagined how patients can access care and consultation. Users sign up for the app and virtually visit their physician’s office or walk-in clinic. Patients are screened before they enter a virtual waiting room so offices have all the information they would otherwise have in a traditional setting. Patients meet with a Physician or Nurse Practitioner over video conference, who ask questions and take notes within the app. Other features coming to the platform include, discharge instructions, direct messaging with the office, appointment requests and more.

Dr. John O’Mahony and Dr. Sean Peterson have been working closely with local digital agency Tmrrw inc. to design and develop the application. Tmrrw inc. has been rapidly developing this project over the past few weeks so it will alleviate stress on local healthcare as they combat this crisis.

“It’s been an all hands on deck effort,” said Tmrrw Inc.’s Liwordson Vijayabalan, president and creative director. “The doctors have dedicated a substantial amount of their personal time and resources so they can bring it to Sarnia-Lambton. We believe this tool will make a real difference in the wellbeing of our community and protect our healthcare workers.”

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