BC Virtual Health Grand Rounds

BC Virtual Health Grand Rounds

Bringing Primary, Emergency & Specialized Healthcare to the People through Technology: What’s Working in Remote BC?

Target Audience:

All healthcare professionals.

Course Format: 0800-0900: WebEx
  • Oct 25, 2019
Broadcast from
2775 Laurel St
Online from Vancouver BC


0800-0900 available via WebEx.

This quarterly provincial  electronic round brings together health care providers, Information Management /Information Technology (IM/IT) colleagues, health administrators, health policy makers,  and academics to jointly explore transformative, technology-enabled healthcare delivery case examples to support patient-centred care.  These rounds aspire to stimulate thoughtful discussion around the clinical cases presented so as to optimize mutual learning, better understand enablers and barriers to adoption, enhance relationships and ultimately normalize the daily use of safe and effective technology in healthcare throughout BC.

The format includes case-based presentations with many opportunities for questions and discussion.

Please note that an email will be sent to you a week before the talk that will include instructions on how to view the rounds through VC Anywhere (WebEx). If you would like to add a videoconferencing room to this event please contact Hadas Haft (see contact info below).


Pit Appointments: A Collaborative, Efficient Alternative to Some Psychiatric Consultations

30-50% of patients seen by family doctors have mental health issues.  Psychiatry wait lists in the province are long and often only the sickest patients get seen by psychiatry. Thirty- minute pit appointments are done in a family practice office attended by the family doctor, psychiatrist and patient to resolve issues when a telephone conversation is not enough but a full psychiatric consultation is not required.  These appointments have been found to be an efficient, effective alternative.  As appointments spread, we are also understanding how pit appointments can be adapted to be done virtually, with youth, and with other mental health (MH) clinicians when family doctors are not available.  Advantages include shorter wait times, increased family physician competence and confidence, and decreased costs for MH treatment. 

For original research see: https://www.bcmj.org/articles/assessment-pit-appointment-alternative-full-psychiatric-consultation

    Key Speakers

    Dr. Marilyn Thorpe

    Dr. Richard Lester 

    Dr. Gabby Serafini

    Skills Gained

    1. Understand the capabilities of remote presence to deliver primary and specialized care to remote locations
    2. Discuss the future of remote presence technology in health care delivery




    Hadas Haft

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