WELL Health Technologies is a multi-channel digital healthcare technology company and the largest owner and operator of ambulatory health clinics in Canada. The company owns and operates primary health care facilities in Canada and the United States, as well as a chain of medical facilities based in Chatswood, Australia. Patients can access a range of services at these clinics, including general medicine, pregnancy consultations, surgery, occupational health management and cosmetic consultations. Recently, data designer Juhan Sonin and public health professional Annie Lakey Becker have been discussing the importance of people taking ownership of their health data. They believe that it is time for individuals to take control of their own health information, rather than leaving it in the hands of doctors or companies.
WELL is leading the way in this regard. The company operates primary and executive health care clinics in both Canada and the United States. In the US, it runs a global digital electronic medical record (EMR) business that serves thousands of health clinics and health systems of all sizes. Additionally, WELL has one of Canada's largest telehealth service providers in its portfolio. However, according to WELL CEO Hamed Shahbazi, the cost of medical technology and the time demands placed on doctors who own and manage clinics outside the hospital system have hindered Canada's adoption of digital health services.
It is clear that there is a need for people to take control of their own health data. By doing so, they can ensure that their information is secure and that they are receiving the best possible care. It is also important to note that this is not just an issue for Canada; it is a global issue that needs to be addressed.