Telehealth clinical services

To expand and improve the range of health services available to citizens, several services have been implemented. Some services are deployed at the provincial level, others at the local level by institutions, depending on the needs of the population being served.

All telehealth services are provided to patients by their health care professional depending on their situation. You cannot make a telehealth appointment on this page. If you are interested in this service, talk to your health care professional.

Provincial services

These province-wide services are deployed in one or more territories in the province.

Virtual homecare

Virtual homecare allows services to be provided to a patient where he resides using digital tools.

By providing virtual homecare, health care professionals can observe changes in the patient's condition before it deteriorates. This reduces emergency room visits and hospital stays.

This approach guides patients toward self-management of their health and equips them to react if they develop symptoms. For patients, this results in greater autonomy, a sense of proximity and trust with the health care team and a commitment to take charge of their health and quality of life.

Telethrombolysis

Telethrombolysis is a telehealth activity for a patient who has had a stroke. A stroke is a critical health condition that requires urgent attention and access to specialized expertise.

More specifically, telethrombolysis provides a stroke patient during a hyperacute phase with timely access to diagnosis and quality care. They can access this service in any emergency room in the province without having to travel to a specialized hospital centre.

This service allows medical staff in the emergency room where the patient is admitted to connect with a neurology specialist at a specialized centre. The neurologist assesses the patient remotely, assists emergency room medical staff and suggests the best treatment option.

Teleassistance in wound care

This telehealth service allows professionals specialized in complex wound care (usually nurses) to provide assistance and share their expertise with colleagues in remote locations. It is offered for the treatment of complex or chronic wounds or ulcers.

Teleassistance in post–hand reimplantation rehabilitation

This service is intended for victims of traumatic hand amputation who have undergone emergency reimplantation or revascularization surgery at the CEVARMU of the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM). CEVARMU is the Centre of Expertise for Victims of Traumatic Amputation Requiring Emergency Reimplantation or Microsurgical Revascularization. It is the designated provincial centre for this type of procedure.

This service allows patients who have undergone this highly specialized surgery to return to their region quickly for rehabilitation services. The health care team at the rehabilitation service where the patient is receiving follow-up benefits from the expertise of specialists at the CHUM through audiovisual exchanges. This allows professionals in the regions to receive assistance in treating these complex cases.

Remote court hearings and appearances

The virtual hearing service allows patients involved in legal proceedings related to their mental health to obtain their hearing or appearance in court in a timely manner. This service is offered in partnership with the Ministère de la Justice.

Clinical, legal and technology teams at the health and social services institution work together to implement it. The judge, the establishment's legal counsel, the defence lawyer, the user, the health care team (where necessary) and all those involved can be connected.

Through remote court hearings and appearances, the different parties can participate in hearings when limitations prevent the user from travelling to the courthouse because of a medical condition. The service is intended to promote respect for the rights and remedies of users hospitalized in the health and social services network while minimizing the impact on their mental health.

Virtual meetings in oncology

This service allows people with cancer to be provided with remote follow-up through virtual meetings with an Oncology Pivot Nurse (OPN).

These virtual meetings allow the OPN to carry out a more comprehensive assessment of the patient's signs and symptoms than does a telephone meeting, while allowing the patient to remain in their home. Virtual meetings also bring together other oncology professionals and informal caregivers.

Are you a potential user of this service? See the Patient Toolbox This hyperlink will open in a new window., which includes a video of testimonials from people who have used this service.

For health care professionals, see the Toolbox This hyperlink will open in a new window. (in French only) for this service.