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Among other things, it will allow people to make online appointments and receive the results by SMS.
The province says the system, developed by Deloitte, will reduce wait times for screening and results, and “free up thousands of hours of healthcare professionals who can be redirected to clinical tasks instead of administrative procedures they are currently carrying out.
A pilot project is currently underway in two clinics (one in Montreal, the other in Quebec), and five more are expected to join soon.
In six to eight weeks, “the solution will be used for all screening clinics in Quebec,” said the government.
Dubé declared that the technology “has many advantages, both for the population and for the personnel of the health and social services network. In fact, negative results can be transmitted automatically, freeing nurses to concentrate on administering drug tests and tracing activities. I am convinced that this tool will make a considerable contribution to improving our screening process in Quebec and to providing oxygen to the network by assigning the right professional, to the right place, at the right time.