New Internet service delivers health and wellness information tailored to Canadians

Vancouver 01 May 2006TELUS has launched mytelus.com/health, a new on-line service designed to provide Canadian-specific and up-to-date content about health and wellness. mytelus.com/health has been created in partnership with Capital Health in Edmonton and area region, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and MediResource Inc. to provide Canadians with trusted and reliable health information.

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Canadians are increasingly focused on managing their health and turning to on-line resources for help. Statistics Canada information shows searching for health information on-line far exceeds banking, gaming, shopping and travel.

"TELUS recognizes the need to provide Canadians with reliable and trusted health and wellness information", stated Joe Natale, President, TELUS Business Solutions. "By partnering with Capital Health, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC, and MediResource, TELUS has developed a user-friendly on-line information resource that enables Canadian communities to access information anytime, anywhere to learn more about the prevention and treatment of health care issues. This platform also creates opportunities to serve as a gateway for e-health record applications and to introduce on-line learning in the future."

With the new site, Canadians now have more efficient access to hundreds of health and wellness related articles from trusted content providers. Capital Health will deliver information about how to stay healthy, stories on health innovation and about its services and facilities. The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre supports education, development, learning and innovation by providing access to an on-line reference service, Webcasts, electronic databases and educational information provided by libraries around the world.

"At Capital Health, we believe in forming strategic partnerships with industry leaders to advance the role of technology in providing health services and information to the people we serve", stated Sheila Weatherill, Capital Health President and CEO. "This partnership enhances our ability to deliver the information and resources necessary to support our vision of healthier people in healthier communities."

Martha Piper, President of the University of British Columbia, stated: "We think it's extremely important that Canadians receive up-to-date health information from qualified sources. With this partnership and Ike Barber's ongoing generous support to enhance the Learning Centre, this new service will enable patients, health professionals, teachers, and students to access the University's extensive collection no matter where they may be - critical to the Learning Centre's vision of building a learning environment with no geographic boundaries."

Pierre Paquette, Senior Vice President, MediResource Inc., stated: "We see this initiative as significant in terms of enhancing access to quality health information and helping people to play an active role in managing their health. To this end, MediResource is pleased to have contributed to the design and build of mytelus.com/health and to provide our health content and resources."

The launch of mytelus.com/health lays the foundation for future expansion. TELUS plans to expand mytelus.com/health across Canada to Ontario and Québec with new partners adding value through regionalized content. mytelus.com is consistently ranked within the top three Canadian-owned Web sites in Western Canada and in the top 20 in Canada, with an audience satisfaction rating of 88 percent.

Capital Health in Edmonton is Canada's largest health region and is affiliated with the University of Alberta, providing integrated health services to one million residents in Edmonton and the surrounding area. Capital Health acts as a referral centre to central and northern Alberta, the North and the Prairies, providing specialized services such as trauma and burn treatment, organ transplants and high-risk obstetrics.

In 2002, Irving K. Barber, the founder of Slocan Forest Products Ltd., donated more than $20 million for the construction of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia. His generous gift was augmented by funding from the provincial government and UBC, which is home to more than 45.000 students and has consistently ranked among the world's 40 best universities. The Learning Centre, constructed around the historic core of UBC's Main Library, is dedicated to providing resources and services to support lifelong learning and research for users at UBC, throughout the province and beyond. Phase one of the Learning Centre, a $70-million facility, opened in October 2005. The second and final phase is scheduled to open in late 2007.

MediResource is a provider of e-Health consumer content in Canada, serving hundreds of millions of pages of health content per year. The cornerstone of MediResource's health information platform is the MediResource drug library, medical condition library, and Health Content Management System (CMS). MediResource consumer health content is used by government, medical associations, insurance companies, and national pharmacy chains, and can be found on leading Internet portals.

TELUS is a national telecommunications company in Canada, with $8,1 billion of annual revenue and 10,2 million customer connections including 4,5 million wireless subscribers, 4,7 million wireline network access lines and 1,0 million Internet subscribers. The company's strategic intent is to unleash the power of the Internet to deliver the best solutions to Canadians at home, in the workplace and on the move. TELUS provides customers with a wide range of wireline and wireless communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video services.


Leslie Versweyveld

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