Mr. Speaker, today I’m pleased to recognize an innovative new pilot project that is making it easier for Islanders to access services at walk-in clinics.
The Skip the Waiting Room system was developed by a young Islander, Mark Richardson, with assistance from the Skills PEI Ignition Fund .… which helps Islanders grow an idea or business.
The Department of Health and Wellness is pleased to support the implementation of the pilot with funding of $40,000 over the next 12 months.
Skip the Waiting Room enables clinic staff to allocate a portion of their time to clients who register for an appointment online.
Clients can go online and quickly and securely register for an appointment at the clinic.
Later in the day, they receive a call or text from the clinic when it is appropriate for them to depart for their appointment.
This makes it much more convenient Mr. Speaker, for Islanders to access health services…. whether they are mothers at home with young children …. seniors who need someone to be with them at the clinic …. or people who need to see a doctor but have difficulty getting away from work.
It is important to note that only a small portion of the clinic appointments are given to online registrants.
And these appointments are tentatively scheduled and later confirmed at the end of the clinic…. so as not to impact people who have been waiting at the clinic.
Mr. Speaker, Skip the Waiting Room is now being piloted now at the Downtown Walk-in Clinic in Charlottetown.
And if it improves access, we will be making it available at other clinics across the province.
I’d like to acknowledge Mark Richardson who is with us in the Gallery today… and congratulate him on his excellent idea …. which can make a real difference for Islanders when they are ill.
This project is an excellent example of how technology is improving access to health services… and we look forward to making more of these opportunities available to Islanders in the future.
Thank you Mr. Speaker.