Ottawa invests in virtual care in BC and PEI - February 2021
February 11, 2021: The government of Canada announced investments in virtual care for the provinces of British Columbia and Prince Edward Island. Patty Hajdu (pictured), minister of health, signed off on close to $18 million for BC to expand its virtual care services, and nearly $3.5 million for PEI.
On May 3, 2020, the Prime Minister announced an investment of $240.5 million to increase access to virtual services and digital tools to support Canadians’ health and wellbeing.
$150 million of that funding will be provided to provinces and territories through targeted bilateral agreements aimed at expanding virtual health services in five priority areas for immediate action to support further embedding virtual health care services within Canadian health systems, namely:
- secure messaging and file transfer,
- secure videoconferencing,
- remote patient monitoring technologies,
- patient access to their COVID-19 and other lab results, and
- back-end supports for integration and/or alignment of these new platforms or existing tools.
Feb 11, 2021
Canadian Healthcare Technology