What is Telehealth?
Telehealth is a process in which patients in remote locations are assessed by physicians via video-conferencing.
Telehealth is, at the point of need, administered by a health care worker such as RN, LPN, counsellor, or addiction care worker. The initial assessment and urine drug screen is done by the remote location. At the other end, a physician is able to communicate in real time to both the counsellor and the patient. The counsellor documents the patient’s encounter, and the physician writes, faxes, then mails any prescriptions required to the patient’s location. Co-ordination of care is done by both the remote location and Interior Chemical Dependency Office, ensuring that patients are safe and their addiction and mental health needs are taken care of.