Other Barriers and Gaps

This is a parking lot of ideas and areas for further exploration.

This section is used to track issues which have emerged but not addressed in the guidelines 

  • Groups with little or no access to prevalent communication methods (i.e. no phone, email, or internet). 
  • Cultural and societal sensitivity 
  • High risk clients / patients: urgent care that requires intervention in unconventional settings (I.e. in streets, shelters, etc) 
  • Equitable and sensible approaches for different groups.
  • Patient rights and education 
  • Personal health is a lower priority for some compared to other needs like housing or food security 
  • Some people may be transient, so continuity of care may be challenging. 

Ideas for improving uptake of virtual healthcare 

  • Virtual visits can help scheduling and time management if necessary patient and practitioners needs and requirements are met (i.e. no technical issues, intake / pre-appointment checks all done etc.). 
  • Virtual visits tend to be more focused 
  • Patients and clients at home can be more relaxed or comfortable making observations better or easier. 
  • leaders of care in the community to be champions or virtual care.
    • Increase virtual health presence
    • build trust and exposure
    • share back experiences
    • leverage healthy relationships / trust patients have with other circle of care. (eg. relationship with Pharmacists may be opportunity to have pharmacy as a location to provide virtual health if space is provided. Other locations may include community centres, libraries.
    • virtual mapping of leaders of care
    • repository of opensource experience sharing