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, 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
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 Prince George, BC who is also RCCbc’s Indigenous Health Lead, 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.