Virtual Care

35 articles
by Inori Roy

National licensure, better virtual-care needed to fix system ‘close to the precipice’: incoming CMA president

Dr. Alika Lafontaine sat down with Healthy Debate to talk about the challenges facing our health-care system as it grapples with pandemic recovery.

by Negin Nia

Access to virtual care highlights urban/rural divide

The move to virtual care is leaving some communities behind. For rural Canadians, especially those in remote and Indigenous communities, there are obstacles to seeing a doctor both in person and online.

by Rashaad Bhyat

The digital revolution is upon us; how can e-prescribing help alleviate the click burden?

As we continue returning to a semblance of normalcy, it’s important we don’t lose the progress that we’ve made in safe and effective virtual care. e-Prescribing tools should continue to be a part of safer and more efficient medication management.

by Will Falk

Twenty years of talk is enough: Digital tools like e-prescribing must become a core part of our health-care system

When the pandemic started and social distancing necessitated a switch to virtual care almost overnight, our digital health-care system struggled and sometimes failed entirely. This broken system must end now. Here's how we can fix it.

by Kirstin Weerdenburg

Children’s visits to emergency departments surge as winter looms

Pediatric emergency departments are seeing record numbers of visits since some families can’t see their family doctors or go to walk-in clinics. More patients mean longer waits, hindering care for some children with emergency conditions.

by Anthony Fong

‘What’s the appropriate amount of virtual care? It’s not zero, and it’s not 100’

Provincial governments are urging family doctors to resume in-person visits, arguing that virtual care increases pressure on ERs and leads to poorer health outcomes. But some doctors counter that it improves accessibility, among other benefits.

by Fredrick Martyn

Telemedicine proves its value for trans and non-binary community

The pandemic has led to a rise in virtual care, which has increased access to primary care for the transgender and non-binary communities. But this trend highlights the relative lack of gender-affirming care available through traditional primary care.

by Meghan McGrattan

‘We became more confident’: Pandemic proving value of no-touch abortions

The pandemic accelerated the roll out of telemedicine abortion care. Now, as restrictions on clinical medicine ease, we must consider whether to revert back to in-person assessments, or embrace telemedicine as a new normal.

by Amie Tsang

‘I need to do something about this’: Virtual care fills need in treatment of eating disorders

Many eating-disorder treatments were forced to move online during the pandemic. Service providers and participants say they're surprised by how successful virtual supports have been.

by Samantha Winemaker

The fog of virtual care

In the switch to home care during the pandemic, my patients have been reduced to their diagnosis. The guy with bladder cancer … instead of James with the porcelain dolls.

by Maria-Hélèna Pacelli Sara Shearkhani

Caring for caregivers: How a phone call can change everything

Canadian caregivers save our healthcare system the equivalent of more than $30 billion every year by providing more than 80 per cent of the care within our communities, yet they remain vulnerable to the impacts of caregiver stress and burnout they commonly experience.

by Dominik Alex Nowak

The future of virtual care is in relationships

by Helen Senderovich

Virtual care promises a future of abundance

by Jean Sugarbroad-Keele

We must protect the elderly as we move to virtual care

by Allison Crawford Gillian Strudwick David Wiljer

Adding a human touch to virtual care

by Allison Crawford

Compassionate care in a virtual world

by Joshua Tepper

We Can’t Go Back

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