Canadian Medical Association

Today, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), in partnership with the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, launched a Virtual Care Playbook for Physicians to help introduce virtual visits (a.k.a. telemedicine) into their daily practice.

The onset of COVID-19 and physical distancing rules have heightened the need for physicians to adopt technology to maintain health care connections with patients when they can’t meet in person. 

The guide was created by Dr. Mark Dermer, a primary care physician who’s offered virtual care services for the past three years. In the guide, he shares expertise on how physicians can fit virtual patient encounters into their practice workflow, what technology they’ll require, what problems can be safely assessed and treated in this way, and other key considerations.

The playbook focuses on video visits, though phone calls and patient messaging are also categorized as virtual care. 

For more details on introducing virtual care into your practice, download the Virtual Care Playbook.

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