Consultation on Telehealth
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an increase in virtual consultations and we know that this different way of practice will continue. To facilitate this, we are proposing several changes to our Telehealth statement.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of health care delivery. Within a short span of time, doctors and other health professionals have had to modify their practice, and to adapt to different ways of working to deliver healthcare and ensure their and their patients’ safety during the pandemic.
A key development has been the increased use of virtual and online consultations. This move has been necessary to ensure that doctors continue to provide quality patient care during Covid-19 while simultaneously limiting the risk of viral spread by reducing unnecessary travel and patient presentation.
Beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, some doctors and patients may continue to opt for virtual consultations as their preferred model of care. To facilitate this, we are proposing several changes to our Telehealth statement.
You can access the consultation paper and draft statement at the links below.
We welcome your feedback. Please send submissions and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org by 7 August 2020.
Telehealth can help patients in isolated locations receive necessary care, provide patients with more convenient access to care, allow for more comprehensive delivery of services after-hours and allow for more efficient use of precious health resources. In using telehealth, you should be aware of its limits and ensure that you do not attempt to provide a service which puts patient safety at risk.