Montreal made app bridging the gap in access to healthcare

"People will get the basic healthcare services they require," says Oren Sebag, the CEO of Avvy, a Montreal-made app that is trying to bridge the gap between medical practitioners and patients in need of services. Felisha Adam reports.

As the election campaign continues in Quebec, healthcare and accessibility to it, is top of mind for many. The app Avvy, founded in Montreal, is trying to bridge the gap between medical practitioners and patients in need of services.

“We were able to give more options to Montrealers at this time where it’s a little bit more difficult to get the services they require,” says CEO Oren Sebag, who is also a registered nurse.

The app was created by medical professionals and launched earlier this year with the hope of giving Montrealers fast and easy access to healthcare.

“This is where we’re at post-pandemic, getting into these long wait lines. Doctors are being practically booked for months ahead of time.”

Sebag says they are aiming to provide options for those who “want to have access to health care services…from health care professionals.”

Adding, the app can be seen as the Uber for health-related services.

“Think about it like you would order your favourite food from your favourite restaurant.”

Services on the app range from blood work, an EKG and strep tests, to pre-operative appointments for surgery.

“For example, the flu shot season is coming up and you have an option. You can go on the app, order a flu shot on the app and get us to come to your workplace and give you a flu shot, or, you know, another option is to go and wait either at a pharmacy or a clinic and take an appointment. But the difference is we do it when you want and where you want,” Seabag says.

While the CAQ admitted its original promise of a family doctor for everyone in Quebec is no longer possible, the Liberal party has promised that if they are elected, the hundreds of thousands of Quebecers waiting for a family physician would get one.

And while the app does not provide users with a doctor, Sebag says the app would allow everyone in the greater Montreal area the chance to connect and have access to a medical practitioner, bridging the gap of inaccessibility.

“People need more choices and smart choices, and I believe that with these types of choices, people will get the basic health care services they require,” he added.

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