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132

Rural communities using RTVS

7000

Hours of virtual support to rural providers since April 2021

34

The average number of queries per RUDi shift

RTVS has been a huge benefit to my practice and to patient care. The physicians we consult teach and work in a collaborative way making the consults effective and positive experiences. Our assessment skills are valued and utilized daily. I can’t say enough good things about RTVS.

Rural Physician

RTVS Instant Access and Quick Reply peer supports

RTVS’s Instant Access and Quick Reply pathways are for physicians, residents, nurse practitioners, nurses, midwives—and, in some cases, first responders—in rural, remote, and First Nations communities in BC. RTVS Virtual Physicians on these peer support pathways provide rural healthcare teams with free and friendly support at the click of a button for all urgent or non-urgent patient cases, including: case consultations, second opinions and ongoing patient support, patient transport coordination, point-of-care ultrasound, and simulations.

 

Rural providers have 24/7 Instant Access to pathways for Emergency (RUDi), Pediatrics (CHARLiE), and Maternity and Newborn (MaBAL). In addition, several Quick Reply pathways — Dermatology, Hematology, Myofascial Pain, Rheumatology, Thrombosis and Neurology — are also available weekdays during regular business hours.

 

The RTVS family also includes pathways for patients to access. Find out more about the patient pathways here.

 

Calling RTVS is like calling a friend. We are here to support you whenever you need us.

Learn how to get started with RTVS peer supports!

Getting Started

Benefits of RTVS

RTVS peer pathways help ensure that rural healthcare providers are properly supported and rural patients receive more equitable access to healthcare. More specifically, RTVS pathways:

 

  • Establish collegial relationships between RTVS Virtual Physicians and rural healthcare providers, which builds a stronger community of practice.
  • Increase confidence, and reduce isolation, of healthcare providers who provide patient care in rural, remote, and First Nations communities in British Columbia.
  • Increase mentoring and educational opportunities for rural healthcare providers—especially new-to-practice physician residents.
  • Improve the recruitment and retention of rural healthcare providers.
  • Increase availability and access to timely, quality healthcare services for patients in rural, remote, and First Nations communities, reducing their risk, time, and expense traveling for medical appointments.
  • Offer a cost-effective and sustainable model for British Columbia’s health system needs.

RTVS Poster

The Real-Time Virtual Support Poster is aimed at helping physicians, midwives, residents, nurse practitioners, nurses and other providers in rural, remote, and First Nations communities navigate through the RTVS pathways. It includes all the information needed to connect with virtual physicians when providers need their support. Download and print the poster for your rural site.

Please do not email the RTVS Pathway Zoom email addresses, provided above. Messages sent to these addresses will not be received.

RTVS Partners

RTVS exists thanks to a strong commitment from all partners to use virtual technology to enhance provider wellness and patient care. In addition to the Rural Coordination Centre of BC, the RTVS family includes:

 

 

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