Many of us are eager to take advantage of today’s digital tools to manage our health. We want to book doctor appointments, check test results online, renew prescriptions electronically and access more telehealth services. Fortunately, health organizations are working towards making care more convenient and accessible.

With today’s technological advances, the opportunities are endless to help people navigate the various health care options. Green Shield Canada, a not-for-profit that strives to improve access to health care for all Canadians, partners with various organizations across the country that share their same commitment to accessible treatment.

Two of the organizations are 211 and Maryvale. 211 offers one-stop access through a telephone helpline and a comprehensive website that connects users to various health, community and social services. Maryvale is a children’s mental health treatment centre in Ontario that uses text messaging for appointments and incorporates various social media apps to support their clients’ treatment and recovery.

“Technology is moving so fast and we need to stay current to engage our clients,” explains Connie Martin, their executive director.

With technological tools becoming more entrenched in all aspects of our lives, Canadians are gaining more access to the health supports we need.

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