COVID-19 Virtual Care Consent
COVID-19 is placing stress on Canada’s public health system. Niagara Falls Community Health Centre (NFCHC) is offering virtual care to make sure that we can continue to care for our clients safely and effectively.
This means that we will be using electronic communications for some client visits rather than asking clients to come into our office. Some of these technologies are provided by the Province. Others have been provided by third party vendors to help make discussions with your care provider as easy as possible during these difficult times.
Some health concerns can be addressed with virtual care alone, but in some cases your care provider may ask you to visit a hospital or other health-care facility, if necessary, for a physical examination.
We do our best to make sure that any information you give to us during virtual care visits is private and secure, but no electronic communications tools (such as audio, video, email, text) are ever completely secure. There is an increased security risk that your health information may be intercepted or disclosed to third parties when using such electronic communications tools.
To help us keep your information safe and secure, you can:
Understand that electronic communications (such as audio, video, email, text) you receive are not secure in the same way as a private appointment in an exam room.
Use a private computer/device (i.e., not an employer’s or third party’s computer/device), secure personal email, and a secure internet connection (i.e. home internet network is generally more secure than an open guest Wi-Fi connection).
You should also understand that virtual care is not a substitute for in-person communication or clinical examinations, and for any urgent care requests you would continue to call 911 or access the nearest Emergency Department.
If you are concerned about using electronic communications for virtual care, you can ask our office to attempt to arrange a potential alternative. However, please note that visiting a health care provider in person comes with a higher risk of coming into contact with COVID-19 and the possibility of spreading the virus.