Telemedicine – which involves the provision of health consultation services by phone, computer or videoconference services – is rapidly expanding in British Columbia. Some of the most innovative work is being delivered by Dr. John Pawlovich, Aboriginal Health and Telehealth Lead for RCCbc.
Telehealth initiatives that are being explored and/or supported through the work of Dr. Pawlovich include:
- collaborating with the First Nations Health Authority‘s on its Telehealth Expansion Project
- working with UBC’s eHealth Strategy office to develop new telemedicine-focused curriculum, organize telehealth and technology continuing medical education for BC practitioners, and create a telehealth foundational principles document
- exploring opportunities with the Shared Care Committee that will:
- examine how telehealth supports primary care physicians in BC; and,
- implement a pilot linking pediatricians in Prince George to rural northern BC Aboriginal communities
Dr. Pawlovich’s pioneering work in providing telemedicine to the community of Takla Landing is well documented. For more information about his practice, check out these resources:
“Pioneering telehealth for BC’s rural and remote First Nations communities” (BC Rural Update)
“Video collaboration system transforms healthcare in remote community” (Cisco customer case study)
Dr. Terri Aldred, a family physician in Bella Bella, BC, provides telehealth services in her home community of Tachet.
Dr. John Pawlovich, a family physician living in Abbotsford, BC, provides telehealth services to five northern BC First Nations communities, including Takla Landing.
Irene Williams is a Community Health Representative who facilitates meetings between physicians, nurses, and patients in the community of Tachet.