Launching virtual care solutions province-wide

Dr. Miller has been a proponent of virtual care use among physicians. She is currently conducting a survey to help inform future planning as it relates to virtual care.
Dr. Miller, MD, FRCPC Interim Division Head, Division of General Internal Medicine; and Clinical Lead, COVID Community Virtual Care Team (CCVCT) has been a proponent of virtual care use among physicians. She is currently conducting a survey to help inform future planning as it relates to virtual care.

The emergence of COVID-19 highlighted the immediate need for virtual care solutions in the Province of Nova Scotia. 

Everyone’s top priorities were for patients to be safely and effectively monitored at home, for surgeons to follow-up with patients and track recovery remotely and to support primary care physicians. 

In only a few short months the research and innovation team and information management and technology team partnered with industry and government to execute on the delivery of TELUS Home Health Monitoring solutions deployed to Nova Scotians. 

This service provides patients with secure and reliable care from the comfort of their own homes. 

The research and innovation team also collaborated with the orthopedics team to engage local start-ups to deliver on key facets of care for patients on waiting lists or recovering from knee surgery. 

As this project continues to grow and traditional processes and technologies are modernized, it will have a sustainable and profound impact on the way care is delivered. 

Lastly, through intense and focused collaboration with many industry partners, Nova Scotia Health will launch a globally renowned and validated virtual care platform. 

In conjunction with the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness, IWK Health Centre and Service Nova Scotia, the feasibility of a modern and accessible virtual care solution to be rolled out province-wide throughout 2020 is being determined. 

This transformative project will provide a platform on which virtual services can be delivered by clinicians – regardless of clinical specialty or geography – now and into the future. 

This truly revolutionary offering for Nova Scotians will forever change the landscape of health care.