Island Health expands virtual care reach palliative patients
October 1, 2019
In 2019, Island Health piloted British Columbia’s first Virtual Palliative Supportive Care (VPSC) program, in Port Hardy. One patient, Wayne Green, moved to Port Hardy after nearly a year in Victoria General hospital recovering from a complicated surgery for a disease affecting his spine. He chose to relocate to this rural Northern Vancouver Island community, as he liked its small town feel and affordable living. The last thing he expected was to be at the centre of a high-tech revolution in healthcare delivery.