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Patient Story, Using Virtual Health for Medical Appointments During COVID-19

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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Providers and patients have worked hard and quickly to use technology for health care appointments, helping keep BC citizens safe and healthy. The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) wants to help share your story of how you benefited from virtual health during COVID-19.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), Office of Virtual Health

Aim

These stories of virtual health use will hopefully: • Give confidence to patients, family members and providers who may be nervous about using technology for appointments • Reduce potential anxiety of having to go to a hospital or clinic, and • Inspire pride across BC Health Authorities for their contribution to keeping citizens safe during the pandemic

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.

Eligibility

Open to patient partners across the province who: • Have attended a virtual health appointment during the COVID-19 pandemic • Are comfortable telling their story that will be shared with the public and possibly as a news release • Are comfortable sharing their photo for an article or news release (for which a PHSA consent form will need to be signed)

Logistics

• Number of vacancies: 6 • Date and Time: We hope to gather stories for a news release by June 8, 2020, but would receive them up until the end of June, 2020 • Location: Stories can be shared via a telephone interview • Commitment: One time only

Reimbursement

No costs are anticipated.

Background

British Columbians have been embracing technology to continue delivering and receiving care at a time when they’ve been asked to stay home to help flatten the curve of COVID-19. The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), Virtual Care team hopes to share stories about how: • Health care providers and clinicians across BC adapted quickly to using virtual health to deliver care to their patients • Patients benefited from using virtual health to receive care and stay well PHSA has a unique role in BC's health authority system: to ensure that BC residents have access to a coordinated provincial network of high-quality specialized health-care services. PHSA programs provide care and services through specialized hospitals and centres across B.C. such as BC Children's Hospital and BC Cancer. We are also responsible for specialized health services, which are delivered across the province in collaboration with regional health authorities, such as cardiac, trauma, perinatal and stroke services. Through BC Emergency Health Services, PHSA oversees the BC Ambulance Service and Patient Transfer Services.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Cassy Mitchell
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement
250.279.0717
cmitchell@bcpsqc.ca

From Our Community

Lucie Neliba

Patient Partner, Surrey

Lucie Neliba

The Patient Voices Network has connected me to a community with the same drive to bring person- and family-centred care to the forefront. I am grateful for all opportunities I have been a part of thanks to PVN, which positively impacts patients like my sister and their caregivers. No matter how small, all patient engagement will help shape the future of health care and that I can stand behind