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BCATPR Workshop highlights

Telehealth, eHealth and mobile health advances in BC and beyond
May 26, 2014

In its 7th year, the BCATPR workshop saw a great turnout and offered a comprehensive exploration of telehealth’s many applications. The focus was on current and proposed telehealth programs in British Columbia, as well as the emerging eReferral program in Alberta. 

We put together a video of workshop highlights, which is available on our workshop and YouTube pages. There, you can also view each speaker’s take on the telehealth field and its future potential.

Finally, we would like to congratulate Shahram Payandeh and Christen Chen’s groups for winning the poster awards in the Regular and Student categories, respectively.
BCATPR Workshop poster session

BC health minister orders review as virtual doctor visits skyrocket

BC health minister Terry Lake has ordered a review of existing telehealth services in the province. This is in response to a growing rate of online doctor-patient visits through local companies such as Livecare and Medeo. These visits are covered by the government-run Medical Services Plan, and the number of visits has grown by 735% in the past year. With telehealth services expanding their reach, the province wants to ensure its money is being spent wisely and that patients are continuing to receive high quality care.

Unique telehealth clinic open for business in rural BC

A new kind of hybrid clinic, recently opened in Taylor, BC, combines on-site diagnostics with off-site doctor visits. The clinic is staffed with nurses and technicians who can take patient measurements in person and transmit the readings instantaneously to doctors located elsewhere. The clinic was opened in partnership with the health tech company Livecare in response to Taylor’s lack of local physicians.

Philips, Salesforce to streamline healthcare with big data platform

Philips platform infographic
This infographic from Philips illustrates the function of the upcoming platform

A new venture between Philips and the cloud computing company, Salesforce, could mean big things for health and big data. The cloud-based platform would combine patient data from medical devices, information systems, electronic health records, as well as personal wellness apps, and make it accessible to healthcare providers, patients and insurers.

The platform would also serve as the basis for a host of new apps, such as soon-to-be-released eCareCompanion and eCareCoordinator that help to coordinate care from a patient’s home. The platform is aimed at higher-risk patients who could benefit from more coordinated care. Data obtained through this system is also expected to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of care.