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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.

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