Health P.E.I. to expand telehealth services – CBC

Islanders with no family doctor will soon have more support to access online care

Aug 11, 2022

Health P.E.I. says more options are coming for Islanders who don’t have a family doctor or nurse practitioner and want to access health care.

There are just over 25,000 people on P.E.I.’s patient registry, and they are advised to use a walk-in clinic or Maple — an online health-care service which is available for free to those without a primary health-care provider who are on the patient registry.

But Andrew MacDougall, executive director of community health and seniors care with Health P.E.I., said work is underway to expand those options and make online health care more accessible.

“It’s here to stay. So I think we’re going to need to develop that,” said MacDougall.

“We know there’s always going to be certain people who just aren’t comfortable with going on a computer. And you know, we’re going to need that kind of support. So we’re actually right in the throes of doing that right now.”

MacDougall said conversations about how that would look are ongoing, but expect added services to include in-person locations for individuals to access health care through Maple, with someone on-site to assist with setup.

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