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Telehealth - Getting Consultative Care in Your Home Community

November 22, 2019

Island Health has options for remote communities in accessing health care. Do you understand what Telehealth can do for you? Read on to learn more.

 

From Island Health:

 

Telehealth uses technology to connect patients to health care services, regardless of where they live.

 

Using Telehealth, patients can see and talk to their health care providers over a secure and private network, facilitating supported and timely health care decisions.

 

Telehealth is voluntary and aims to create a similar experience to in-person consultations. Patients are encouraged to bring family members, friends or caregivers with them to their Telehealth session.

 

Who can use Telehealth?

Telehealth is available for many patients, and is used routinely for the services noted below.  Talk to your healthcare provider to see if Telehealth consults are an option for you.  

Heart Health, Medical Interpreting Service for the Hard of Hearing, Renal, Endocrinology, Eating Disorders, Genetics, Primary Care, Mental Health and Substance Use, Neurology, Rehabilitation, Multiple Sclerosis, Oncology, Pathology, Pharmacy, Speech Language Pathology, Pediatrics, Thoracics, Tuberculosis, Ultrasound, and Cross-Jurisdictional (i.e. with other Health Authorities or Provinces), Amputee Clinic, and Cystic Fibrosis.

Learn more about who uses Telehealth, and its benefits, by viewing our Patient Perspective Infographic.

    Where is Telehealth offered?

    For information and wayfinding material for Island Health Telehealth locations, please visit the Telehealth Locations page. 

    A map of the Island Health Telehealth locations is also available. Map not visible? Try using a different browser. Note that Telehealth is also offered in many locations across British Columbia, and that out of province clinicians may also deliver services ‘virtually’.

     

    Who is eligible for Telehealth?

    Healthcare providers determine if Telehealth is a suitable care delivery option for their patients.

    If you are a patient who wishes to request Telehealth, please provide this letter to your healthcare provider.

     

    Patient Stories

    Faces of Telehealth is a collection of short articles featuring the uses and benefits of Telehealth.  Patients, clinicians and administrators share their experiences with Island Health Telehealth in this online magazine.

     

    Telehealth Videos

    In this series of videos, Island Health patients and healthcare providers share their experience using Telehealth.

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