Calgary-based tech startup awarded for advancing digital healthcare in Canada.

Calgary-based Brightsquid Secure Communications Corp. has won the TELUS Outstanding Product Achievement Award to Recognize Mobility Health (M-Health) Innovation Excellence in Canada’s Health Care Sector.

This national award is presented to a Canadian organization for the development of a world-class Digital Health Care product. Selection for the award confirms Brightsquid as a leader in the advancement of digital health technology and highlights the company’s contribution to Canada’s reputation for healthcare innovation and excellence.

Brightsquid’s confidential messaging and file sharing service, Secure-Mail, helps healthcare teams collaborate more efficiently and effectively, and allows patients to participate actively in their own care. Communication through Brightsquid improves access to care by streamlining administrative activities, reducing phone traffic and time on hold, and replacing in-office appointments with confidential email conversations.

“We’ve increased our capacity to address patient concerns by 18% using Brightsquid,” explained Shauna Wilkinson, Executive Director at Crowfoot Village Family Practice. Ms. Wilkinson also noted that patients prefer using Secure-Mail over phone or an office visit in three out of six standard interactions. Specialist clinics using Brightsquid services have reduced wait times from 24 months to 8 weeks while also redirecting 25% of patients to a better fit practitioner.

The importance of Brightsquid’s technology was further highlighted in a recentGartner study commissioned byCanada Health Infoway that asserts the Canadian health system can save $1Billion/yr (the equivalent of 155,000 hospital visits) by digitally sharing patient information across the healthcare continuum.

“It’s an honour to be recognized for our work on this level. We believe care coordination software like ours will do more to advance patient health over the next 5 years than any single drug or medical device,” said Brightsquid CEO, Rohit Joshi.

The Brightsquid user base is growing rapidly in Canada and the USA with over 39,000 practitioners and 56,000 patients on the system. Each month, Brightsquid users securely share over 83,000 patient files.

About Brightsquid: Brightsquid was founded in 2009 to expedite accurate treatment and facilitate greater health by enabling secure communication between healthcare teams and their patients. The Brightsquid Secure-Mail platform meets the highest patient privacy requirements in the world to deliver compliant communications accessible from any device with an Internet connection.

About CATA: As the largest high-tech association in Canada, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) is Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group.