Things TO KNOW
Virtual care connects patients with their health-care provider through videoconferencing technology.
In the past, it has mostly been used for hospital-based appointments in rural communities with specialists located in other parts of the province.
Patients can see a primary care provider virtually for a variety of health-care needs, from people who need a new prescription to those with ongoing health-care needs for a chronic illness. During a virtual care appointment at the Digby and Area Health Services Centre, everything is set up beforehand, and patients don’t have to do anything with the computer other than communicate through it. The doctor will connect to the appointment, and a nurse will be in the clinic room with the patient during the entire appointment.