Virtual Care: Reinventing the way we see digital health
Change is the only permanent thing in this world. And, so is technological innovation in many industries, particularly in healthcare.
Technologies that allow providers and practitioners to offer healthcare services other than the classic face-to-face appointments have been developed and adopted for many decades. It paved the way for many countries including Canada, to embrace digital health by offering care services online such as telemedicine and telehealth.
Canada was known to be an early adopter in the development of virtual care. According to the Canadian Medical Association, “virtual care has been defined as any interaction between patients and/or members of their circle of care, occurring remotely, using any forms of communication or information technologies with the aim of facilitating or maximizing the quality and effectiveness of patient care.”
In the last decade, there has been an increased interest to adapt and pursue digital health practices. But in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic ushered in a digital health revolution and became a big game changer. Most health services transitioned to virtual care across many provinces and territories, and since then, has become a major eye-opener for both patients and health professionals. There was a fast deployment of telehealth services, and rapid adaptation of telemedicine platforms across the country.
In Alberta, virtual care is being extended to provide patient-focused care services for seniors. It was recognized as one of the important ways that doctors and healthcare providers can continue providing care and support to their senior patients while ensuring their well-being and safety.
Virtual care has significantly removed certain risks and barriers. This includes reducing the potential for coming into close contact with other patients, easing the logistics of a medical appointment - there was no need to arrange for transportation and companions for senior patients - and increasing the number of people who show up on their scheduled appointments.
During the lockdown and enhanced public restrictions, virtual care became the standard procedure, while protecting the privacy and security of patient information still remains as a high priority. Exchanges could be done online, medicines and prescriptions could be delivered straight to their homes, and many people realized they can be more accountable with their own health.
This shift has inspired many people to take ownership of their health and well-being to make each virtual care appointment with their doctor or healthcare provider more purposeful and substantial. They can do this with My Health Journals’ trackers and charts. With our journals having over 20 sections that allow them to record detailed information on the changes in their diet, weight, urine output, skin integrity, and many more - information that is vital to track especially for people undergoing surgery or experiencing recurring illnesses.
My Health Journals can also help caregivers track a patient's likes and dislikes, food sensitivities, medical history, and even their health care wishes. Created by licensed practical nurses, My Health Journals combine easy-to-use recording charts and detailed health trackers that guide users to record their health transactions, journal their symptoms, and stay on top of their health before their next virtual health appointment. Let us know how you are using virtual care?
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