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10 Health Hacks For Canada’s 149th Birthday & Canada Day Holiday Hours

Over here at iamsick.ca, we’re all about boosting and improving the health of our fellow Canadians.

For the Canada Day long weekend, we’ve collected holiday hours for healthcare services, so you can easily use the iamsick.ca website or iPhone, Android or BB10 app to see whether a pharmacy or clinic is open.

And, to celebrate Canada Day, we’ve created a list of 10 cool health hacks that celebrate and advance our daily marriage with our own health.  Here they are!

1 – Nappuccinos
What is this sorcery? Nap…puccinos? The last time I had coffee before taking a nap, I lay awake on my bed jittering uncontrollably for 40 minutes. But as with all techniques, effective execution is necessary for its success.

Time for a super quick (simplified) science lesson:Your body consumes molecules called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to release energy, and produces adenosine molecules as a result. In the brain, adenosine can act as a central nervous system depressant, which makes us sleepy. The longer we stay awake, the more adenosine accumulates; when we sleep, the body replenishes ATP from the produced adenosine (a.k.a. rest). Caffeine keeps us awake because it essentially acts by blocking the effects of adenosine.In concept, napping and caffeine both do the same thing – they make us more awake by reducing the effects of adenosine. So it’s really no surprise that the two paired together are an effective strategy to potentiate naps. You see, caffeine takes about 20 minutes to kick in – so if you consume a cup of coffee and immediately take a quick power nap, you wake up with a wonderfully compounded wakefulness!

2 – Train your brain! (with music)
Music is such an intrinsic and natural component of life. Everywhere from the rustle of the leaves to the whispers of the wind, melodies arise and caress our ears. But we usually don’t pay much attention to what this could actually be doing for us. Music is actually shown to exert many benefits on our health that are worth learning about:
– Music, as a distraction element, can effectively reduce the perception of pain, and improve performance during physical activity.
– Music has a huge impact on mental health, being shown to help combat depression, relieve stress, and just to elevate moods in general.
– Music (especially when playing music) is shown to boost neuroplasticity and cognitive performance.
So why not try exploring some new genres or types of music this Canada Day? Taking care of mental health is equally if not more important than physical health, and music is a very easy way to do it.

3 – Download our app!
Sometimes health might escape us. But that’s okay. The most important thing to do when we fall is to get up. And we can help you with that. Remember to download iamsick.ca app on Android, iOS, or Blackberry (or just use the web app). Our app is tiny in size and big in impact, so you won’t need to worry about it taking up your precious smartphone storage space while also having it ready to help you when you least expect it.  You can do all sorts of things with our app.. like check where the nearest walk-in clinic is, book your doctor’s appointment online, find doctors accepting new patients (including clinics with doctors that let you book appointments online), look for diagnostic labs, and even see real-time wait times for walk-ins that use our virtual waiting room service! What’s even better is that for the upcoming Canada Day long weekend, we’ll display updated holiday hours.. so you can access healthcare when & where you need it. Even if you just need to pick up some sunscreen at a local pharmacy, we’ll help you protect your skin! Our service is especially useful to keep those on great Canadian road trips healthy.. if you’re visiting a new place, you can rely on use to ensure that your nearest healthcare options are just a couple of taps away if anything (hopefully not) happens.

4 – Ditch the whiskers
Allergy season got you down under the weather? Rocking a sick moustache? Well… it’s time to make a decision. It turns out that moustache hair is very good at trapping pollen and other airborne allergens (like pollen grains) that trigger seasonal allergies. A very easy and quick fix to this without having to take those drowsiness-inducing antihistamines would be to…ditch the whiskers and shave that ‘stache. Alternatively, as hygiene is ALWAYS important, making sure to clean your facial hair regularly throughout the day could achieve a similar effect.

5 – Offer to dog sit
Ever heard of dog therapy? It turns out that having dogs as company has great therapeutic effects. Playing with a dog can increase levels of the stress-suppressing hormone oxytocin, while simultaneously lowering your body’s production of the stress hormone, cortisol. Other benefits include lowering blood pressure, increasing
post-heart-attack lifespans, and a general increased happiness. So… if your neighbours are planning a road trip for the Canada Day weekend but can’t take their dog with them… why not be a  benevolent member of the community and pick up on some dog-sitting with a side of mental therapy?

6 – Hypothermia
Okay, this one’s even weirder than the nappuccino tip. Hypothermia? And the summer? Compromised heat regulation…in the heat of the summer? It just doesn’t make sense… Well, as it turns out, the CDC has found that there’s been an alarming number of deaths occurring due to hypothermia… in June.Why? Well, the answer is simple, really. People are unprepared. In the winter, everybody likes to bundle up with layers upon layers upon layers. But in the summer, it’s very common for people to go for a dip in the lake at the cottage (even at night), and just walk around in swim-clothes, unaware that their body heat may be declining rapidly. The tip here, is to stay prepared. Towels and light extra layers are key, especially if you’re planning on getting wet!

7 – Apply cold (tea) to area of burnThis tip is super useful for the summer. If you find yourself sunburned in the hot summer sun (you should be putting on sunscreen to prevent this in the first place), or brushed against some poison ivy, or bitten by mosquitoes, you can use TEA as a remedy! The many natural organic compounds in tea have many powerful therapeutic effects. Black tea applied to sunburns can speed recovery. Anti-inflammatory agents in chamomile tea can reduce irritation from poison ivy and bug bites. Biting into tea bags can also be used to relieve cold sores! Check out this article on Greatist.com for more information about the amazing benefits of tea: http://greatist.com/health/treat-sunburns-tea-and-other-tips

8 – Sniff some fruits and flowers
Having a bad day? Headache’s got you down? Can’t sleep? Mother nature’s full of solutions – and they’re easier to access than you think. Studies have found that odorous molecules released by oranges can relieve anxiety and boost mood, the scent of green apples can reduce the magnitude of pain perception in some individuals, and the scent of lavender oil has soothing effects that can facilitate the sleeping process. I guess whoever said that you need to take time to “step back and smell the roses” was on to something… 

9 – Exercise with your immune system!
People are always nagging you to do exercise because “it’s good for you”, but often don’t really offer much more information beyond that. So how do you actually know it’s good? Well… it goes deeper than “it boosts your metabolism” or “it makes you feel good”. It turns out that when you regularly do exercise, you are concurrently training your immune system (that part of your body that defends against illnesses and infections) to be stronger. Ever heard of a white blood cell? Well, there are several types of these, and two of them are directly impacted by your levels of exercise.Natural Killer Cells (NK Cells) are the virus and cancer-killing white blood cells. Your body is constantly producing “busted” cells that have the chance of developing into cancers… but the reason why everyone doesn’t have cancer is that their NK cells are there to destroy the bad cells before they can do damage. Macrophages (a.k.a. “big-eaters”), are another member of your body’s general immune defense, and literally eat up illness-inducing pathogens that may enter your system. Doing exercise has been found to boost the number of NK cells AND making them more powerful, while also making macrophages more responsive to your body’s chemical signals, and more capable of destroying unwanted invaders. Exercise, then, not only makes you stronger, but makes you more resistant to disease and keeps you healthier for longer!So…yeah. Next time someone tells you that “exercise is good for you”, make sure THEY know why too.

10 – Tune your mind to your body
Have you ever just looked at your hands and marvelled at how, with barely a thought, you can make your fingers move exactly how you want? Have you ever sat down and just wondered how all the multiple molecular intricacies in your body dance together to create the fully functioning organism that is you? So many of us simply take our bodies for granted, without realizing how amazing this complex vessel we are born with and grow with for our entire lives really is. Cited in multiple realms with different names, such as “mind-muscle connection” in weightlifting, “zen” in Buddhism, or “mindfulness” in colloquial terms, establishing a connection between your mind and your body is a topic of increasing importance. This mindfulness allows for the defusing of stress, a momentary reset, and just feeling more in tune with yourself as a person. Check out these 5 bonus health tips to get started on your journey to become more mindful in your everyday environment: http://www.mindful.org/5-tips-for-practicing-mindfulness-at-the-office/

Happy Canada Day everybody!!!  We hope these health hacks are useful to help you live happier every day.

Love,

The iamsick.ca Team

Sources

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16453980

http://greatist.com/happiness/unexpected-health-benefits-music

http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/news-story/0937a947dbc07abd0ca0e643adf44e85

http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/health-advice/nine-weird-health-tips-that-work/news-story/0937a947dbc07abd0ca0e643adf44e85

http://animalsmart.org/species/dogs/dogs-help-reduce-stress

http://www.theactivetimes.com/summer-hypothermia-4-tips-preventing-unexpected

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16095639

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/01/02/green-apple-scent.aspx

http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/9129266

http://www.nature.com/icb/journal/v78/n5/full/icb200075a.html

http://www.helpguide.org/harvard/benefits-of-mindfulness.htm

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When Food Bites Back

It’s a beautiful May day. The sky’s a deep pregnant blue, the sun smiling bright and true. The flowers, they flourish and dance in the wind, flashing colours of every hue.

After a long day you’re headed to a friend’s place to relax and bask in the lazy spring air. They offer you fresh-baked cookies –  your greatest gastronomical weakness! Your heart compels you to accept. As you bite into the warm, soft, center, molten chocolate oozes into your mouth. Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, the flavour is mind-blowing. What a beautiful May day.

Moments later, at the back of your throat, a malignant itch erupts. It spreads to your tongue and your throat. A seeping sense of illness spreads throughout your body. Cold sweat bursts along your forehead. You feel weak. You tremble. You fall. What’s happening? What do you do?

May day. Mayday. M’aider.

Food Allergy Awareness Month (FAAM)

May is Food Allergy Awareness Month.  A month that recognizes the need to create a safe environment surrounding the activity we all must do to survive: eat.

With symptoms varying from a mild itch, to hives, or even death… all food allergies and anaphylaxis must be treated seriously.

Food allergies and anaphylaxis currently affect 1 in 13 Canadians, representing approximately 3 MILLION people. That’s even more than all the people in Toronto!

Moreover, researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre are finding that the rate of food allergies among Canadians is increasing. Equally alarming is the apparent lack of awareness, where almost 50% of anaphylaxis victims do not receive a dose of life-saving epinephrine prior to entering the emergency department, rendering treatment more difficult.

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The increasing population at risk and the lack of awareness indicates that it’s important for us to spread knowledge and understanding about food allergies (and substance sensitivities in general)!

How iamsick.ca is Allergy Aware

If you have a food allergy, you’re not alone!  Many members of the iamsick.ca team are affected by food allergies too! From peanuts to eggplants, chickpeas to lychees, and even bananas to watermelons, we’ve (unfortunately) got it all… It’s really no question that we’d want to participate in FAAM!

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Unsure how to embark on the journey to awareness?

iamsick.ca has you covered:

  • If you or any of your family members have experienced discomfort while eating a food and think it may be food allergy, please visit an allergist! Allergists need referrals, so use the iamsick.ca website or app to book an appointment with your family doctor or find the nearest walk-in clinic to get your referral now!
  • Need a fresh or refilled autoinjector? You can also use iamsick.ca to locate the closest pharmacy. Even if you need to find one in the middle of the night, iamsick.ca will show the nearest open pharmacy!
  • In the (unlikely) event that you’re transporting someone with an allergic reaction requiring emergency medical attention, you can use iamsick.ca to find the exact location of the emergency department of nearby hospitals so treatment may be received ASAP!

How Else Can You Help?

There are plenty of things you can do to raise awareness about food allergy:

  • Learn how and when to use an epinephrine auto-injector
  • Make sure you always ask someone about food allergies before serving them food
  • Make a donation to Food Allergy Canada
  • Try baking some allergy-friendly cookies
  • Talk to your friends and share what you know
  • Anything else that would help spread awareness of food allergies!

A Reminder About the Upcoming May Long Weekend

Victoria Day is coming up (May 23rd), which means that it’s a long weekend to celebrate with family and friends! It also means that many healthcare service providers will have reduced hours of operation. If you need to access healthcare services this upcoming long weekend, or you’d like to check the holiday hours of a nearby local pharmacy or clinic, make sure to check out iamsick.ca!

Sources:

http://www.allergen-nce.ca/wp-content/uploads/SPAACE_prevalence_data.pdf

https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/increasing-cases-anaphylaxis-among-children-260563

 

 

Job Posting: Business Development Representative

Business Development Representative

iamsick.ca is a social enterprise with a laser focus on simplifying access to healthcare by helping Canadians find fast, easy, and appropriate care. Our website and mobile app allow patients to find nearby healthcare providers, book appointments online, see wait times from the comfort of their homes, and avoid long waits with our virtual waiting room.  Healthcare providers also benefit from our platform, because we help them deliver care more efficiently.  As we prepare for our next stage of growth, we are looking for a business development representative to join our team.  If you think you’d be a good fit, we’d love to hear from you!

In a nutshell, we are looking for an outgoing individual with some experience in sales & marketing who thrives in a startup environment.  You will help us spread the good word about iamsick.ca to healthcare providers.  You should be outcomes-oriented, and will be managing – and generally crushing – the sales pipeline.  You are a go-getter who takes pride in your work and won’t settle for anything less than excellence.  You relentlessly ensure the highest level of quality sales and service for our clients.

Here’s what you’ll be doing

  • Spread the good word about iamsick.cato potential & existing clients
  • Initiate, close and manage business opportunities to meet sales quotas and revenue targets
  • Rapidly act on new business opportunities
  • Ensure our clients receive the highest level of sales and service
  • Handle inbound and outbound sales
  • Maintain an organized system of leads and responsibilities (CRM experience preferred)
  • Analyze sales and metrics to refine your strategy and maximize revenue
  • Build strong relationships with small, medium, and large organizations
  • Create sales presentations, material and case studies
  • Uncover personas for health providers and patients so we can continually improve access and integration of health services for all Canadians
  • Keep a finger on the pulse of new client and user needs

Here’s what you’ll need

  • University Degree or College Diploma from an accredited institution
  • 1-3 years of sales, marketing, or telemarketing experience (SaaS preferred)
  • Experience in healthcare or healthcare IT would be an asset
  • Impeccable communication skills
  • A positive, energetic, self-motivated, and results-oriented attitude
  • Strengths in negotiation and skilled in overcoming objections
  • Ability to thrive under pressure and adapt to change
  • Amazing organizational skills
  • Experience making cold calls
  • Willingness to learn new things and explore new ideas
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and CRM software

Here’s what we offer you

  • Competitive salary with large commissions and benefits
  • You will be a part of a team striving to make a positive impact in Canadian healthcare
  • You will work on interesting projects and face exciting challenges
  • You will be a part of a small, highly motivated team that is already gaining traction
  • You will have the opportunity to build and grow your skills
  • A fun work environment with internal hackathons and team building
  • We value the perspectives of all team members.  Your opinions will help guide our products and processes
  • Our home base is conveniently located in downtown Toronto within a 30-second walk from the Queen’s Park TTC subway station

Please submit your application by September 16 to careers[at]iamsick.ca.

Healthcare Innovation in Canada: 2015 Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation Report

The Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation was created in 2014 to identify areas of growth in Canadian health innovation. Formed by the Canadian Minister of Health, the panel was tasked to:

  1. Identify the five most promising areas of innovation in Canada and internationally that have the potential to sustainably reduce growth in health spending while leading to improvements in the quality and accessibility of care.
  2. Recommend the five ways the federal government could support innovation in the areas identified above.

This year, the panel, led by chair Dr. David Naylor, published Unleashing Innovation: Excellent Healthcare for Canada. The panel reached out to Canadians and industry representatives, and conducted extensive research in order to best understand the current Canadian healthcare innovation landscape. In the report, the panel identified five critical areas in Canadian healthcare innovation:

  • patient engagement and empowerment
  • health systems integration with workforce modernization
  • technological transformation via digital health and precision medicine
  • better value from procurement, reimbursement and regulation
  • industry as an economic driver and innovation catalyst.

More importantly, the report recommended a new model for encouraging health innovation. Such a model encompasses a wide-angled view of healthcare innovation, rather than a series of small, quick-fixes that do not speak to the overall healthcare innovation landscape. The panel specified two enabling actions:

1. Creating a the Healthcare Innovation Agency of Canada (HIAC)

Should the agency be created, the HIAC will be an arms-length organization supported by the Healthcare Innovation Fund. The agency will support national collaboration across pan-Canadian organizations. In particular,  the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, and the Canada Health Infoway will be included in HIAC.

2. Establishing the Healthcare Innovation Fund

The Healthcare Innovation Fund’s general goals are to “support high-impact initiatives proposed by governments and stakeholders; break down structural barriers to change; and accelerate the spread and scale-up of promising innovations”. Rather than a formulaic allocation of funds, the Healthcare Innovation Fund will be allocated based on transparent specifications, measurable healthcare outcomes, and economic and social value.

iamsick.ca is pleased to see the efforts being made to promote and encourage healthcare innovation in Canada. Improving healthcare outcomes and fostering innovation is at the core of iamsick.ca’s work. In particular, we are encouraged to see the spirit of collaboration and partnership embodied throughout the report. We look forward to seeing new developments and measurable changes as the federal government moves forward with these recommendations.

Sources:

Report of the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation, Government of Canada (2015)
Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation, Health Canada
HealthCareCAN talks to Dr. David Naylor, Chair of the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation, HealthCareCAN (2015)

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A Letter To Students

Dear Students,

Heading off to university or college for the first time can be overwhelming, to say the least.  Whether you’re moving into residence or staying at home, it’s a big transition from high school.  It’s a time of excitement, nerves, anticipation, nostalgia and new beginnings!  Even after first year, there are some huge milestones.  Maybe you’re moving out for the first time, getting your first apartment with friends or taking on a new academic challenge…

At iamsick, we are a team of recent graduates (and a few students!) so, trust us, we know the feeling.  We thought it would be nice to share with you some of the nuggets of wisdom that we picked up in our early years of school.

Ryan

Ryan, Ph.D – Medical Biophysics

Experienced in: all-nighters

Academia is a safe place for you to discover, explore and pursue your passions.
Worry less about grades, and more about the experiences and memories that will become the foundation of your ambitions.
Audit courses that interest you, join clubs, and pursue leadership roles.
Remember that the best way to learn is by doing, and it’s never too late to pivot and change.

Erin

Erin, B.Comm – Management

Experienced in: heavy textbooks

Whenever you can, get the e-book version of your textbooks.  It’s nice to have a hard copy, but sometimes it’s just not worth it to lug that weight around.  And get a good backpack.  Your spine will thank you.

Da

Da, MSc – Molecular Genetics

Experienced in: making time for reading for pleasure

Read The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal.  It’s all about how the majority of things we don’t get done is due to a lack of willpower.

Crystal

Crystal, Master of Health Informatics

Experienced in: living with roommates

If you’re going to have roommates in residence (or after), make sure you sit down and discuss some ground rules.  Set boundaries and, most importantly, set up a cleaning schedule!

Rebecca

Rebecca, HBSc – Computer Science

Experienced in: savvy grocery shopping & commuting from off-campus

If you commute, ask around about good places to nap or rest.  Even if you sleep enough, if you’re hours away from home and have a headache, you’ll be glad someone pointed out those quiet places.

When you move into your own place, prioritize groceries.  This may seem obvious, but it’s really easy to forget until you’re starving and only have noodles you stole from your parents and the same sad-looking apple they gave you at Frosh.

Francis

Francis, BASc – Computer Engineering

Experienced in: extracurriculars

Don’t stress too much over the schoolwork.  It isn’t the most meaningful part of your school experience.  Have fun.

As back-to-school approaches, don’t forget to add iamsick.ca to your school-prep check list!  Wherever you’re headed, iamsick.ca can show you your healthcare options after-hours or in the language of your choice.  When the campus clinic is closed, you can find the nearest emergency room, walk-in clinic, diagnostic lab or pharmacy.  We’ve even created shortcuts for many of the university and college campuses across Ontario:

Ontario Universities (A-Z)

Algoma University – algomau.iamsick.ca
Brock University – brocku.iamsick.ca
Carleton University – carletonu.iamsick.ca
Guelph University – uoguelph.iamsick.ca
Lakehead University – lakeheadu.iamsick.ca
Laurentian University – laurentian.iamsick.ca
McMaster University – mcmaster.iamsick.ca
OCAD University – ocad.iamsick.ca
Queen’s University – queensu.iamsick.ca
Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) – rmcc.iamsick.ca
Ryerson University – ryerson.iamsick.ca
Trent University – trentu.iamsick.ca
University de Hearst – uhearst.iamsick.ca
University of Ontario Institute of Technology – uoit.iamsick.ca
University of Ottawa – uottawa.iamsick.ca
University of Ottawa – St Paul University – ustpaul.iamsick.ca
University of Toronto Mississauga – utm.iamsick.ca
University of Toronto Scarborough – utsc.iamsick.ca
University of Toronto St. George – uoft.iamsick.ca
University of Waterloo – uwaterloo.iamsick.ca
University of Windsor – uwindsor.iamsick.ca
Western University – uwo.iamsick.ca
Wilfred Laurier University – wlu.iamsick.ca
York University – yorku.iamsick.ca

Ontario Colleges (A-Z) 

Algonquin College – algonquin-ottawa.iamsick.ca
Ontario Agricultural College – uoguelph-alfred.iamsick.ca
Conestoga College – conestoga-doon.iamsick.ca
Durham College – durhamcollege.iamsick.ca
Fanshawe College – fanshawe-london.iamsick.ca
George Brown College – georgebrown.iamsick.ca
Michener Institute – michener.iamsick.ca
Mohawk College – mohawkcollege.iamsick.ca
Seneca College – senecacollege.iamsick.ca
Sheridan College – sheridancollege.iamsick.ca

Visit us at iamsick.ca or download our free app, available on Blackberry, iPhone and Android.  Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @iamsick_ca to keep up with our newest features!

We know it’s not the same as having Mom nearby, but it’s the next best thing.  Wishing you the best of luck in the upcoming school year.

Sincerely,

The iamsick.ca Team

The Value of e-Booking: Study

No-shows, or missed appointments, are a costly and unfortunate reality for many healthcare providers in Canada.  In 2014, 90% of surveyed Canadians expressed a desire for online appointment booking, yet only 7% of Canadian family physicians offered it.  This falls far below the 66% of Swedish physicians and 30% of American physicians who offer online appointment requests (2012).

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The Study

The Canada Health Infoway 2012-2013 study investigated the impact of e-booking at six private medical practices in Canada over a two-year period.  The objectives of the study were to:

  1. Measure adoption
  2. Evaluate patient perceptions
  3. Assess the effect on number of no-shows

The Results

  1. The number of online bookings increased by 32%.  The number of users/registrants also increased.
  2. Patients perceived three major benefits: scheduling flexibility, time savings, and automated reminders.
  3. The e-booking system’s automated appointment reminders (via telephone, e-mail or text message) proved to reduce the number of no-shows experienced by each clinic.

Interesting Findings

The study found that an overwhelming majority used the online appointment booking system to book appointments for themselves rather than for a relative.

“Our results show that e-booking systems seem to represent a win-win solution for patients and physicians.”


e-Booking in 2015

In 2015, still fewer than 10% of Canadians can book family physician appointments online.  This number can be improved.

Canada Health Infoway ran an e-Booking Initiative in 2014 to encourage broader use of this digital health solution.  e-Booking offers many potential benefits, including:

  • time savings
  • cost savings
  • improved productivity
  • reduced no-shows
  • improved healthcare access
  • improved patient satisfaction
  • improved staff satisfaction

For more information on the benefits of e-booking and Infoway’s work in promoting the tool across Canada, take a look at our previous blog post.

iamsick.ca’s e-Booking Platform

Canadians are ready for a change, and we’re here to help.  iamsick.ca‘s e-booking platform was designed to integrate with clinic workflows and software.  With complete EMR-integration, appointments booked online can effortlessly appear in your scheduler.  Reduce no-shows, time spent managing phone-calls and improve clinic efficiency with valuable analytics.

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If you’re interested in offering e-booking in your clinic or pharmacy, contact us at partners@iamsick.ca for more information.

Original Paper: Adoption, Use, and Impact of E-Booking in Private Medical Practices: Mixed-Methods Evaluation of Two-Year Showcase Project in Canada

Authors: Guy Paré, PhD; Marie-Claude Trudel, PhD; Pascal Forget, PhD

Additional Sources: Patient e-booking: Practice perspectives on the benefits, challenges and lessons learned by Canada Health Infoway 2015

What is the Posture Performance Shirt? – Q&A with the CEO of AdrenalEase

If you’ve been following us on social media, you may have seen that the iamsick.ca team has teamed up with AdrenalEase to give away a Posture Performance Shirt to one lucky winner in our summer giveaway.  Ahead of his appearance at the CanFitPro World Fitness Expo this weekend, we sat down with Nourredin Chahrour, founder and CEO of AdrenalEase Inc., to bring you some more details on their unique Posture Performance Shirt.

Q: What is the Posture Performance Shirt?

A: The Posture Performance Shirt is a global patent-pending garment that reduces stress off certain muscles like the neck and shoulder muscles that may be overly stressed due to prolonged static, undesired posture.

Q: What makes the Posture Performance Shirt different than other posture-correcting apparel on the market?

A: What differentiates the Posture Performance Shirt from other posture shirts or posture braces in the market is the adjustability of the elastic reflex bands on the shirt. You can set the tension of the bands per your comfort to provide a gentle stretch to your neck and shoulder muscles, therefore relieving pain and stress.

Q: How does it work?

A: The Posture Performance Shirt provides proprioceptive feedback to the user, which reminds them to retract their shoulders in the upright posture with the help of the elastic reflex bands that provide muscle memory for when the bands are not strapped on.women-black-back

Q: Your brand ambassadors are Team Canada Olympians.  How do they use the Posture Performance Shirt?

A: Paul Poirier and Piper Gilles represent Canada on world stage competitions including the Olympics and they use the Posture Performance Shirt when executing a lift or simply maintaining proper posture when skating.

Q: You have a new production line coming out in August.  What can we look forward to?

A:  The new production line is out and it includes a V-neck and we have released a new color which is white. We will also be expanding into new products which include Posture Sports Bras, tank tops, sleeveless and long sleeve shirts.Adrenalease Giveaway 1 (Twitter)

Could your posture use some improvement?  It’s not too late to enter to win your own Posture Performance Shirt. Click here to enter.

Hurry! The giveaway closes on August 17th at 11:59 PM (EDT).

Tell us what you do to maintain good posture on Twitter with the #iamfit and #BeTheGreatest hashtags.  We will retweet some of our favourites on our own account @iamsick_ca.