COMMUNITY PALLIATIVE MEDICINE ASSOCIATES

Home Palliative Care Services
Ottawa, Ontario

 

The Community Palliative Medicine Associates is a partnership of family physicians dedicated to delivering quality in-home palliative care to patients with a life-limiting illness.

Our mission is to provide patient-centered medical care and symptom management support in an effort to relieve suffering and enhance the quality of life for our patients.

CPMA PHYSICIANS:

Dr. Priscilla Bright

Dr. Lisa Cross

Dr. Andrew Douglas

Dr. Paul Hacker

Dr. Michelle McKinnon

Dr. Kamla Swami

Dr. Katerina Spacek

COVID-19 is placing stress on Canada's public health system. Our team is starting to offer virtual care to make sure that we can continue to care for our patients safely and effectively. This means that we will be using video and audio technologies for some patient visits rather than going into a patient's home. Some of these technologies are provided by the Province. Others have been provided by vendors like Google, or Apple to help make discussions with your care provider as easy as possible during these difficult times. Some health concerns can be addressed with virtual care alone, but in some cases your doctor may be required to assess you in your home.

We do our best to make sure that any information you give to us during virtual care visits is private and secure, but no video or audio tools are ever completely secure. There is an increased security risk that your health information may be intercepted or disclosed to third parties when using video or audio communications tools. To help us keep your information safe and secure, you can: 

Understand that emails, calls, or texts you receive are not secure in the same way as a private appointment in an exam room. 

Use a private computer/device (i.e., not an employer's or third party's computer/device), secure accounts, and a secure internet connection.  For example, using a personal and encrypted email account is more secure than an unencrypted email account, and your access to the Internet on your home network will generally be more secure than an open guest Wi-Fi connection.

You should also understand that electronic communication is not a substitute for in-person communication or clinical examinations, where appropriate.

If you are concerned about using video or audio tools for virtual care, you can ask our office to arrange for you to visit a different healthcare provider or other health care center where you can be seen in person. However, please note that visiting a health care provider in person comes with a higher risk of coming into contact with COVID-19 and the possibility of spreading the virus. 

By providing your information, you agree to let us collect, use, or disclose your personal health information through video or audio communications (while following applicable privacy laws) in order to provide you with care.  In particular, the following means of electronic communication may be used:

email

videoconferencing

(including Skype, Facetime, etc.)

 
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