Effortlessly send eConsults and receive rapid advice from a growing number of specialists.
We provide the platform to primary care physicians at no cost. Alethea will keep track of your billable activities on the portal and submit them, keeping a small percentage as an administration fee to help fund distribution of smartphones, otoscopes and product support. We issue payment directly to referring physicians and specialists on a monthly basis. Please refer to province specific pages for a more detailed breakdown of billable activities.
Verbal consent to take an image and send it through an eConsult is all that is required (just like obtaining verbal consent for a traditional referral). Alethea maintains PIPA compliance.
Yes, our digital otoscope is an approved Class I medical device. The artificial intelligence is currently for educational use only, with a submission in progress as a Class II Software as a Medical Device (SaMD).
Yes, we have a PIA that has been submitted to the OIPC. We can provide our physicians with details pertaining to the amendment recommended for their clinic PIAs upon enrolment into our platform.
No, all images that are collected and stored in our AI database are stripped of any patient data or identifying factors. The CPSA have approved the use of images in this context.
There is no conflict of interest to worry about with using the platform. While you are being reimbursed through Alethea Medical, we bill AH on behalf of all our physicians according to AH eReferral billing codes and guidelines. Certainly, there is an additional financial incentive to using the platform, one which AH put in place to represent the value that these types of tools yield for physicians and patients. We manage the billing so that we can provide the hardware for free, and facilitate access to care without creating prohibitive financial barriers for clinics.
Alethea is easy to use and you can get started right away. Alethea has gone above and beyond to ensure communications are fast, integrated, and reliable, without sacrificing security. With Alethea, you can receive quick advice knowing that your eConsults are secure, and you will not need to use external channels to share patient information.
Patient photos taken using our mobile app are automatically uploaded to your online photo gallery, ready to be included in an eConsult. This makes sending eConsults with photos faster, and maintains security.
Currently, we provide eConsultation for ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat), Dermatology, Gastroenterology, General surgery, Orthopedics (shoulder), Cardiology, and Neurology. There are new specialties on the horizon!
eConsultation is completely optional. Physicians on our platform can use it as a digital otoscope, or for the AI for diagnostic support. If there is a case where you would like advice, the eConsultation feature should be used. With images, our consulting team members are better able to triage consults, assist in expediting care and help facilitate further investigations. eConsult allows you to have a direct conversation surrounding patient care, without the need to wait 1-2 years for a formal in person consult.