Telemedicine Policy – Preliminary Consultation

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    Deadline: February 22, 2013

    Preliminary Consultation

    The College’s Telemedicine policy is currently under review in accordance with the regular policy review cycle. The policy sets expectations for physicians using telecommunications technologies to create audio/visual linkages with patients in different locations, in actual or stored time.

    The College is inviting feedback from the profession, the public and other stakeholders on the current policy.


    The rapid growth of telemedicine has been driven by significant advancements in information communications technologies over the past decade. This in turn has led to new possibilities for health care delivery. Today, telemedicine is used with increased frequency in diverse practice settings – permitting a range of activities to provide clinical support to patients where distance is a critical factor.

    The Telemedicine policy review is currently in its early stages.  The main objective of the policy review is to determine how the policy can be improved in order to ensure it reflects current practice issues, embodies the values and duties of medical professionalism, and is consistent with the College’s mandate to protect the public.

    Have Your Say

    A Working Group, composed of both physician and public members of Council, will be struck to review the Telemedicine policy.  The Working Group will evaluate and propose revisions to the policy.  Final decisions regarding policy content are made by College Council.

    To inform the review process, we would like to hear your thoughts on the current policy, along with any suggestions you may have for how the policy could be improved.

    More specifically, your views on the following would be helpful:

      • Does the policy provide useful guidance?
      • Are there any issues not included in the current policy that should be addressed? If so, what are they?
      • Are there other ways in which the policy should be improved?

    Next Steps

    The feedback obtained during this consultation will be used to assist the Working Group in evaluating the existing policy, and determining the nature of the policy revisions that may be required. Once a revised draft policy has been developed, all interested parties will be invited to review that revised document, and provide comments before it is finalized by Council.

    To ensure transparency and encourage open dialogue, the feedback we receive is posted on our website in accordance with our posting guidelines available here.

    We value your feedback and thank you for participating in the policy review process.


    Email us your comments at telemedicine@


    Post your comments to the public forum here

    Provide your feedback by mail:

    College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
    80 College Street
    Toronto, ON M5G2E2
    Attention: Policy Department – Telemedicine