Toronto company doing 'virtual' rounds in rural P.E.I. hospital

Imagine being a patient in a hospital without doctors.

Well, that scenario is currently playing itself out at Western Hospital in Alberton, P.E.I., thanks to Maple, a trailblazing tele-medicine provider based in Toronto.

The three-year-old company has been conducting a six-month pilot project of tele-rounding — meaning a doctor’s rounds are done via video teleconference — at the hospital located in a rural area of the province since August.

“Admitted patients with serious illnesses like strokes, heart attacks and all sort of other issues that they might stay in hospital for several nights for, we created a platform that allows us to take care of those patients virtually from remote locations,” said Maple CEO and veteran Toronto ER Dr. Brett Belchetz.

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Victoria Krisman
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