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Clinical Telehealth consultations improve access to specialized health services for all underserviced and hard to reach patients; patients residing in both rural and urban areas, as well as in institutions, like nursing homes and penitentiaries.

In 2016/2017, Telehealth was used to facilitate 11,552 clinical consultations.

Clinical videoconferencing is when a specific patient’s care plan is discussed, either with the patient present or amongst the patient’s care team. Clinical encounters have expanded to also include:
 
  • family visits, which connect patients in long-term stays at urban facilities with distant family members, and
  • medical legal consults, which assess a patient’s fitness to stand trial.
 

Telehealth can be used for assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up.

  • Some patients require one-off Telehealth visits, while others require ongoing care.
  • Patients can bring friends/family members/referring physicians to be present during appointments.
 
Telehealth uses videoconferencing software, high resolution monitors, remote controlled cameras with magnified lenses, and clinical peripherals, like digital stethoscopes, so specialists can deliver the same quality of care to their distant patients.
 
  • Specialists can perform physical exams, like look at their patients’ pupils and potentially cancerous moles, as well as do stroke assessments to determine if a clot busting drug should be administered.
  • Digital images and test results can be displayed and shared with patients and/or other clinicians.
  • Vitals, high resolution images, and ultrasounds can be taken and shared with specialists for immediate review/interpretation.
 
“[Telehealth] has been a tremendous program for accessing specialized care, in our instance medical oncology consultation and care, by patients and their referring physicians in remote and distant parts of this province. It has allowed the delivery of systemic drug treatment… in many smaller, remote communities that don't have a medical oncologist or internist to provide such care.” - Kong Khoo, MD, Medical Oncology, BC Cancer Agency - Centre for the Southern Interior, Kelowna
"We use frequent ultrasound assessments of fetal brain circulation to diagnose the ones that require further assessments or intra uterine therapy. One such woman had most of these ultrasounds in Kelowna through Telehealth... rather than have to travel almost weekly to Vancouver." - Gerald Marquette, MD, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, BC Children's & Women's, Vancouver
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