Waze Helps Canadian Drivers Find and Navigate to COVID-19 Testing Centres Through Partnership With Clinia
NEW YORK, NY, and Montreal, QC, August 27 – Waze, the platform bringing together communities on and off the road, today announced Canadians can search and find COVID-19 testing and screening locations within Waze, using data provided by Montreal-based Clinia Health Inc.
Waze and Clinia hope the data partnership will make it easier to find and navigate to testing locations.
Drawing upon information from public health departments, Clinia developed a directory of testing and screening locations across Canada. The database -- with more than 340 data points -- was integrated into Waze in July, with the data being refreshed a few times a week. This data contains information regarding testing and screening sites at hospitals and clinics, as well as mobile drive-through sites, ensuring Canadians are aware of options for COVID-19 testing.
"We built a comprehensive testing centre database of trusted, national sources of reliable data about where to find COVID-19 assessment centres," said Clinia CEO, Simon Bédard. "We are excited to make this critical healthcare data easily available to all Canadians. We aim to help reassure Canadians during these trying times and contribute towards our country’s testing efforts."
"The pandemic presents people with a lot of decisions to make, and novel situations to navigate," said Dani Simons, Head of Public Sector Partnerships, Waze. "Clinia’s data will make it faster and easier to plan a trip to a testing location. We’re glad to be able to work with them on this initiative and help people access testing in their communities."
Waze has seen an increase in drivers returning to the roads since March. Information on Canadian traffic patterns by city can be accessed here.
Waze is where people and technology meet to solve transportation challenges. It's a platform that empowers communities to contribute road data, edit Waze maps, and carpool to improve the way we move about the world. Thanks to Wazers everywhere, Waze is able to partner with municipalities and transit authorities to reduce traffic and congestion—leveraging current infrastructure while impacting city planning.
A world with better transportation doesn't have to be in the distant future. By harnessing the power of community to reverse negative trends in transportation, Waze can create a world where traffic is history.
Clinia Health Inc is a leader in the management and search of interoperable data dedicated to the healthcare space. Our mission is to optimize healthcare navigation and simplify access to the right resources, for the right patient, at the right time. Our health navigation platform connects thousands of healthcare establishments and providers into one comprehensive healthcare search experience. Using Clinia’s scalable technology, companies and health organizations of all sizes can build and customize search experiences within their own products to facilitate access to healthcare resources for their users.