Teledermatology: Connecting Specialists to Rural BC

This poster, created by Rebecca Afford and Neil Kitson, was featured at the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference (September 2017) in Nelson, BC.


What is telehealth/telemedicine?

• Health care provided by means of telecommunications

• Virtual consultations between healthcare professionals separated geographically


What is the role of telemedicine in rural and remote communities?

• The Canada Health Act: "the primary objective of Canadian health care policy is to protect, promote and restore the physical and mental well-being of residents of Canada and to facilitate reasonable access to health services without financial or other barriers".

• Amelioration of the burden of cost, geography, personal physical ability, weather, safety concerns, and availability of physicians.

• Rural communities are especially affected by aging as working-age adults often migrate to urban centers and adults of retirement age often settle in more rural settings.

• 21.1% of Canadian live in rural areas, but only 9.4% of all physicians practice in rural areas.


 What are the barriers to telemedicine?

• Privacy and confidentiality

• User-friendliness

• Infrastructures

• Patient comfort

• Healthcare providers not being aware of telehealth services


What are the benefits to telemedicine?

• Prevents the feeling of isolation by connecting people with public services

• Economic savings

• Safety

• Ecological

• Decreased wait-times

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