Important COVID-19 Information and Updates
Last Updated April 22, 2020
COVID-19 Information and Updates: Content
Virtual care is a powerful tool in Ontario’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Phone consultations, emails, text messaging, remote monitoring and video visits allow care providers and patients to connect safely at a distance, minimizing the risk of community infection.
Providers are encouraged to use virtual care whenever appropriate—and Ontario’s Ministry of Health has introduced temporary billing codes and procedures to support that effort. More information on the temporary billing codes, including useful resources and frequently asked questions, can be found here.
Virtual visits can help:
- Screen patients
- Gather patient history, including travel and exposure detail
- Assess symptoms, severity and treatment options
- Monitor progress and check in on patients in isolation
- Communicate with multiple people at once, including family members and/or caregivers
- Connect with colleagues to share information and seek additional clinical input/advice
OTN is working with its health system partners, including the Ministry of Health, Ontario Health Teams and doctors, to provide safe, effective and appropriate care during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here, we have assembled additional resources for patients and providers.
If you are a patient and you believe that you may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please call TeleHealth Ontario or your health care provider. Please note that OTN cannot book appointments for patients.
Additional, up-to date information on COVID-19, including a patient self-assessment tool, can be found on the Ministry of Health’s dedicated website.
Clinical Resources to Support COVID-19 and the Use of Virtual Care
The supports below are intended to help clinicians assess and treat patients via virtual care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Assessing Respiratory symptoms via video
Clinical Considerations for Video Visits
COVID-19 BASE™ Managed Specialty Group
Remote Monitoring of COVID-19
Cleaning and Disinfecting Virtual Care Equipment
Virtual Visits and Consent
Video Visits in LTC/Retirement Homes
Virtual Palliative Care Models
OTN Technical Guides and Resources
New to virtual care or need a refresher?
The technical guides and resources below have been created to help clinicians use OTN-supported tools to deliver virtual care safely and effectively. To sign up for OTNhub services, start here.
Connecting through Video - Physicians and Delegates
Quick Start Guide
Direct-to-Patient Quick Reference Guide
Scheduling and Joining a Video Visit
Patient Eligibility Checklist
How to schedule a Webcast
Quick Start Guide
OTN Video Visit Guides