In response to the rapid shift toward virtual care during the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health and addiction stakeholders from across Ontario came together to form the Provin-cial Mental Health and Addictions Virtual Care Collaborative. This Collaborative aims to support the use of best practices in mental health and addiction virtual care delivery in the province, working on five topic areas related to virtual care: best practices, training, platforms, equipment and connectivity and documentation.
New clinical guide offers tips on how to deliver virtual care
In March 2020, Ontario Health’s Quality Branch shared a draft version of clinical guidance for virtual visits. This guide offers practical advice to health care providers on providing video visits and secure messaging to clients. The document was developed shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic and arose in part out of interviews with health care providers taking part in virtual care pilot projects across Ontario. This synopsis is based on a draft of the clinical guidance and a date for a final version has not yet been released.
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