Innovation Saskatchewan is responsible for implementing the province’s innovation priorities and helping grow Saskatchewan’s tech sector. Effective April 2022, this includes operation of the Innovation Place technology parks in Saskatoon and Regina.

Lumeca Launches Canada's First Virtual Healthcare Pod

Lumeca, a virtual health consultation tool that connects physicians to patients, is continuing to play a crucial role in the fight against COVID-19. The Regina-based company and tenant at Innovation Place, recently partnered with the Cowessess First Nation to launch Canada’s first virtual healthcare pod.

The new Health Pod is equipped with cameras, microphones and a touchscreen and allows patients to access physician care virtually within minutes. This innovative technology is intended to help bridge the gap in health services available to rural residents in Saskatchewan by cutting down on barriers like travel time.

The Health Pod is the latest technology launched by Lumeca to provide people with safe and secure access to virtual healthcare. At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in Canada, Lumeca pivoted to focus on providing convenient access to health care and alleviating the strain on the healthcare system. In March, in cooperation with the Government of Saskatchewan, Lumeca became an approved service provider for virtual healthcare service and offered the app for free to all Saskatchewan residents with a valid health card. In May, Lumeca collaborated with SaskTel to connect Smart Wi-Fi to the Cowessess First Nation’s band office to allow residents to download and use the Lumeca app.

With the launch of this new Health Pod, Chief Cadmus Delorme notes that the Cowessess First Nation’s Treaty Right to Health is being delivered and that the community is getting the healthcare they deserve.

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- July 29, 2020