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Draft Updated Professional Practice Standard - Telemedicine

Background

At its October 2015 meeting, when Council approved a draft Professional Practice Standard: Telemedicine for publication, it directed that the Standard should be reviewed annually, as telemedicine is an emerging and rapidly developing practice in veterinary medicine.

At its November 2016 meeting, Council approved an updated draft Professional Practice Standard on Telemedicine for circulation and consultation. The new draft Professional Practice Standard continues to set out expectations for veterinarians who practice veterinary medicine via telemedicine. However, it further clarifies a number of practice expectations, including medical record and accreditation requirements and the ability to establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship when practicing via telemedicine. If approved, the Professional Practice Standard will replace the previous College Professional Practice Standard on Telemedicine.

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Ted Reitsma on Jan 16, 2017 12:53

My first thought before even reading the draft is how can you enforce it when telemedicine can be global. After looking at the draft, I wonder why we need the raft at all as it reflects everything in the current act regarding valid VCPR and accreditation. Although you think telemedicine is new, Alexander Graham Bell invented the phone a long time ago and clients have been seeking advice over the phone ever since. In school we learn we need History, followed by PHYSICAL EXAM and then appropriate DIAGNOSTIC TESTS to come up with a proper treatment or diagnosis. Any minor questions (why is my pet scooting, what to do with torn nail etc) has been discussed over the phone with a caveat that we cannot diagnose over the phone, we discuss the possibilities and say an exam is best to know how to properly treat. We also have and will continue (with or without the (repetitive) draft) that we need a proper VCPR before we can recommend any treatment.

Anonymous on Jan 28, 2017 04:29

10. Ensures that the technology...sufficient and appropriate quality....accuracy of remote assessment and diagnosis. Using telemedicine for ultrasounds by non-DVM, non-RVT (RDMS or RDCS – unregulated in Ontario) sonographers, the DVM often has no knowledge of ultrasound technique or equipment. How can they possibly know that the technology being used is up to current standards? Or that the images obtained are diagnostic? This is not protecting the public in my opinion. It is putting pets and the public at risk. Vets who do not understand ultrasound technology hiring someone with unknown training in the veterinary field to perform a study (and even do biopsies), then sending the study to a specialist who has never seen the patient nor read the record. At least one of these sonographers is telling vets that he trained under a ACVRdip. giving the false impression of something akin to a residency. A blatant lie.