The Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues is offering each rural physician, nurse practitioner or midwife in BC the option to have access to a Zoom for Healthcare licence. This tool allows you to virtually reach out to patients and peers during the COVID-19 public health crisis and into the future.
Concerned about using Zoom for your patient visits or colleague consults? You can read about Zoom and PIPEDA compliance.
Request a Zoom for Healthcare licence
- Full name
- Email address (preferably not a health authority email address)
- Phone number
- Community you support
- Community you live in
- MSP number
- If you are a GP, nurse practitioner, midwife, or specialist (and what specialty)
- Whether RCCbc can send you updates (yes/no)
Once you have submitted your information, you will be contacted within 48 hours via the email you have provided (check your junk mail!) with an activation link for your licence.
Activate your account
Within 48 hours of requesting an account, you’ll receive an email (remember to check your junk mail) with an activation link for your licence. Follow the Zoom Account Activation instructions.
Get started with Zoom
After you have activated your account, you can get started with Zoom.
If you signed up for a Zoom licence through RCCbc, all Real-Time Virtual Support (RTVS) pathways (RUDi, ROSe, CHARLiE, MaBAL, Dermatology, etc.) will be added to your Zoom contacts automatically.
Adding RTVS contacts
If your Zoom account was provided by your health authority or you signed up for your own account (outside of RCCbc), you will need to add the RTVS contacts to your account.
It may take up to 24 hours for your contact request to be accepted, so contacts will show as “pending” until then.
If you need assistance adding contacts, watch the video below.
The video below provides an orientation to Zoom, including how to access Real-Time Virtual Support pathways.
Request a consult through RTVS
Once logged in, go to Contacts, and click on the desired contact with the green symbol (meaning they are online and available). Then, click the Meet button to start a video call.
Real-Time Virtual Support is an initiative of the Virtual Health and Wellness Collaborative for Rural and First Nations BC. RTVS is made possible through the incredible work and collaboration of Rural Coordination Centre of BC (supported by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues), First Nations Health Authority, Provincial Health Services Authority, Providence Health Care, BC Emergency Medicine Network, and UBC Department of Emergency Medicine.
Please check back often to see what new tools are available or subscribe to RCCbc’s eNewsletter and click the RTVS updates box to have updates delivered to you. (Please subscribe with a personal email address as health authority servers will likely filter and/or block our newsletter).