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Provincial Virtual Health

Provincial Virtual Health (formerly known as the Office of Virtual Health) leads and provides strategic direction on virtual health initiatives at PHSA and across the health sector.

Provincial Virtual Health brings together clinical experience, knowledge of virtual tools, expertise in patient engagement, educational methodologies, change management approaches, project management frameworks, process analysis and optimization, practice, policy and privacy laws and mandates—all to elevate and transform what it means to provide care virtually!

We work closely with clinical programs and their clients. We also work with partners in the Provincial Digital Health and Information Services (PDHIS) portfolio, and across the health sector in British Columbia.

Resources to support your learning and development

Our Practice and Education webpages have helpful content like our Intro to Digital Health Literacy, Virtual Health Competency Framework, and Practice & Education.

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Virtual health services we support

By identifying and exploring priority clinical needs, Provincial Virtual Health collaborates with the clinical team to ensure that the virtual tools used and implemented help address clinical needs and support high-quality, safe and appropriate care.

Virtual health visit
  • A technology-enabled remote interaction between providers, provider(s) and patient(s), and patients and families to address the patients’ health. 
Remote patient monitoring
  • Use technology to monitor a patient’s health (usually from their home), and share the information electronically with health care teams
Clinical digital messaging
  • Patients and their care teams can communicate using text messaging for administrative information exchange, appointment reminders and general check-ins
Online treatment and resources 
  • 24/7 access to web-based applications for anonymous, confidential and highly person-centred treatment for challenges with mental health or substance use

We work directly with clinical teams and their patients as they integrate virtual health into their services

  • Investigate clinical needs in areas the program wants to transform or improve
  • Help define and document clinical requirements of a virtual health tool
  • Identify and recommend a virtual health tool to support the clinical needs and requirements
  • Support to ensure the virtual health tool is enabled, including working with our IMITS, privacy, risk and procurement departments
  • Project and change management support, tools and coaching
  • Clinical workflow re-design 
  • Virtual health education and practice support

Improving the patient experience

Improving the patient experience is the driver of all Provincial Virtual Health initiatives. Patient input is essential to project planning, implementation and evaluation.

  1. Identify patients’ needs: This requires an understanding of patients’ compelling needs and their ability and willingness to use the virtual health solution.
  2. Co-design with patients: An open feedback loop ensures patient input guides the solution design.  Where possible, the Provincial Virtual Health team uses formalized patient committees. 
  3. Evaluate patient input: A Patient Feedback Survey is used at key project milestones to ensure patient feedback guides continuous improvement.
  4. Deliver patient outcomes: Demonstrate improved patient satisfaction and experience.

Go behind-the-scenes at virtual health projects in PHSA programs

Many PHSA programs have successfully integrated virtual health into their programs. Read the stories to get their feedback and learn about patients’ experiences.

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Integrate virtual health into your services

If you are considering adding virtual health to your services, please contact us at

We work with your team through all stages of integration 

The OVH has developed tools and resources that support clinical programs through all phases, including: 

  • Engagement
  • Discovery
  • Planning
  • Execution
  • Evaluation
  • Scale
  • Project management
  • Coaching support to the clinical team
  • Education and training 

Virtual health policy

The virtual health policy was developed to support staff to safely and effectively use virtual health in their clinical practice.

Virtual health competency framework

Informed by evidence, clinical expertise, and with input from patient and family partners, the Virtual Health Competency Framework is a foundational practice resource that can support all PHSA health-care providers to deliver safe, appropriate and effective virtual health.

Virtual health handbook

For PHSA staff who use virtual health in their clinical practice, this handbook provides information and references that consider professional standards, current legislation and feedback from PHSA subject matter experts and clinical programs. 

Privacy and security in virtual health 

The Privacy and security resource supports PHSA staff and clinicians in navigating privacy and security in virtual health.

When a person consents to receive care through virtual health, their personal information will be collected directly from them for the purpose of providing that care. For any questions about the collection of this personal information, please contact PHSA Information Access & Privacy Services at This information is being collected by PHSA under the authority of sections 26(c) and 26(e) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Send an email to a fax machine

SRFax is a web-based solution that enables users to send electronic faxes by emailing an attachment to the fax machine of the user’s choice. Visit our SRFax page for clinician support.

Interpreting and captioning tools

  • Video Remote Interpreting (VRI): Provides on-demand access to 240 languages, including American Sign Language 24/7, when a patient and health-care provider meet in person. 
  • Interpreting services during virtual health visits: A provider can submit a request to Provincial Language Service to have an interpreter that connects to their one-to-one or group virtual health visit.
  • Closed captioning during Zoom for Healthcare virtual health visits: Option for automatic live transcription, or professional captioners/transcribers are available.  
Learn more about the above virtual communication tools in this infographic, and learn how to book these services for patients on the Provincial Language Service webpage


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