Virtual care has become a common occurrence in modern health care; however, determining the best way to start or refine a virtual practice is not always clear. Get started with some books and resources from familiar organizations.
For a topic as vast as virtual care, two general texts to start with are:
- Telemedicine, Telehealth and Telepresence: Principles, Strategies, Applications, and New Directions (e-book; https://szasz.catalogue.libraries.coop/eg/opac/record/127343321).
- Fundamentals of Telemedicine and Telehealth (e-book; https://szasz.catalogue.libraries.coop/eg/opac/record/127340153).
For resources beyond these general e-books, the College Library’s virtual care resources list contains books, articles, and other resources covering many virtual care situations, emphasizing virtual visits with patients, rather than remote consultations with other health care professionals (www.cpsbc.ca/files/pdf/Library-Virtual-Care-Resources.pdf).
Canadian and British Columbian resources about virtual care can also be found through the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), Doctors of BC, and the College. The collection of resources on CMPA’s Telehealth and Virtual Care web page includes articles, learning activities, and FAQs to support virtual care that is safe for physicians and patients (www.cmpa-acpm.ca/en/covid19/telehealth-and-virtual-care). Doctors of BC offers how-to knowledge and online resources in its Virtual Care section (www.doctorsofbc.ca/managing-your-practice/doctors-technology-office-dto/virtual-care).* The College’s Virtual Care Practice Standard offers regulatory insights into the practice of virtual care (www.cpsbc.ca/files/pdf/PSG-Virtual-Care.pdf).
For further information, contact the College Library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* This article has been updated: Following publication, Doctors of BC replaced its Virtual Care Toolkit PDF with a Virtual Care section on its website (www.doctorsofbc.ca/managing-your-practice/doctors-technology-office-dto/...).
This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.
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