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Dr. Sarah Cockell is a psychologist in the Heart Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital. She started conducting virtual visits via her office computer about a year ago. (Photo credit: PHC)

I can’t take time off work. The hospital is too far away. I’m just not feeling up to it.

There are many reasons a patient might be unable to make an in-person appointment with their health care provider, but the rise of virtual visit technology is removing barriers by allowing patients to stay home and use a laptop, or other electronic device, to see their care provider in real time via video chat.

Expanding the use of virtual visits is just one of the ways Providence Health Care is embracing digital health and committing to patient-centred care. Secure virtual visit platforms such as Skype for Business have been implemented at more than 15 outpatient clinics across the organization, giving patients a convenient alternative for appointments that don’t require a physical exam.

Click here to read the full story in the Providence Health Care Daily Scan.

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