Virtual Care is Here to Stay

  • Clinicians & Health Workforce
  • Virtual Care

Virtual care is here to stay. According to the 2021 National Survey of Canadian Physicians, 94 per cent of respondents are currently using virtual care, and almost all of them plan to use virtual care after the pandemic ends. What’s more, 64 per cent say they will maintain or increase their use. 

Delivering on the Promise of Virtual Care

  • Virtual Care

While the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of virtual care across Canada, there needs to be a concerted effort to ensure that it will be a viable alternative model of care well into the future. Canadians want virtual care, they like it, it’s safe, efficient and effective, and it saves everyone time and money.

2020: A Virtual Care Retrospective

  • Virtual Care

The zeitgeist of 2020 has already been well documented by many wise individuals. But suffice it to say, this has been a year like no other in recent memory, and one that has left an indelible mark on the health care landscape.

After a Breakout Year for Digital Health, What’s Next?

  • Virtual Care

This week, I’m proud to join Canadian health system leaders in celebrating Digital Health Week — a time to recognize how digital health is transforming the delivery of care.

When I think of the changes brought about by this pandemic, the “overnight” shift to virtual care stands out as among the most significant for Canadians. And although we’ve been talking about digital health for more than a decade, I believe we’re in the early stages of grasping its impact on patients, health care providers, policy-makers, regulators, public payers, and health technology assessment agencies.

Back to School with Tel-jeunes/LigneParents

  • e-Mental Health
  • Quebec

A new school year can be exciting — and stressful. Academic anxieties, bullying, romances and peer pressure add up to considerable weight on young shoulders. Heading back to the classroom during a pandemic only heightens that stress, for kids and parents alike.

Plugged In: Canadian Adolescents’ use of e-Mental Health Tools

  • e-Mental Health

Growing up is hard to do, especially online. Adolescence has always brought challenges, but the COVID-19 pandemic has added substantial stress to the lives of youth and young adults across Canada. Physical distancing, uncertainty around schooling and employment and concerns around the virus itself have contributed to rising mental health concerns among young Canadians.

Virtual Care is Growing — but Clinicians Need Modern Tools

  • Change Management
  • Clinicians & Health Workforce
  • Virtual Care

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been struck by the rapidity of events. This has been a fast-moving virus, but the response to it has been just as swift. In digital health, strong collaboration and leadership have helped to accomplish the policy work of years in just a few weeks.

Supporting Men’s Mental Health with Digital Tools

  • Access to Care
  • e-Mental Health
  • Virtual Care

How are you holding up? No, really, how are you feeling? Specifically, in terms of your mental health?

Virtual Beats Viral

  • Virtual Care
  • COVID-19

It’s been nine weeks since I came home and stayed home. In that time, we’ve seen extraordinary growth of virtual care across Canada. As our health system faces unprecedented challenges, virtual care has proven to be an invaluable tool.

A Front Line Look at Virtual Care: Part Two

  • Virtual Care

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, virtual care is filling a larger role in health care. Telephones, video chats and secure messaging allow clinics to keep their digital doors open while ensuring that clinicians and patients stay safe and maintain physical distancing.

A Front Line Look at Virtual Care

  • Virtual Care

It’s an uncertain and frightening time for health care. The COVID-19 virus has brought unprecedented new challenges for the health system; we are all in uncharted territory as we attempt to flatten the curve. But while it isn’t business as usual for health care right now, Canadians are finding that it is business as virtual.

Going Virtual in a Time of Crisis

  • Virtual Care
  • COVID-19

In February, the Canadian Medical Association, working with the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, released their Virtual Care Task Force’s report entitled “Virtual Care Recommendations for Scaling Up Virtual Medical Services.” With the release of the report, I speculated that 2020 might be a watershed year for virtual care in Canada, particularly in my specialty of Family Medicine.

Ask Your Pharmacist: Expertise at Your Fingertips

  • Pharmacists
  • Quebec
  • Virtual Care

According to a recent study, nearly nine in 10 Canadians consult the internet for health information.[1] Unfortunately, “Dr. Google” isn’t always a trustworthy source. False and misleading information can put people at risk, sometimes with far-reaching consequences.