Telepractice and virtual care
What Is telepractice and virtual care?
According to the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS), telepractice is the delivery, management and coordination of care and services provided via information and telecommunication technologies such as telephones, personal digital assistants, faxes, the internet, video and audio conferencing and other devices. It is also known as virtual care, telemedicine, telehealth, or other forms of communication that are not in person.
Providing telepractice to an Albertan
To provide telepractice to an Albertan, registered nurses and nurse practitioners must hold an active practice permit with CARNA. If a client who resides in Alberta requires care while they are located outside of Alberta and would like to receive services by the CARNA registrant through telepractice, the registrant must contact the jurisdiction where the client is located to determine if this is possible and what is required for them to do so. We also advise you to contact the Canadian Nurses Protective Society to understand your liability protection when providing nursing services to a client in another jurisdiction.
Alberta’s Health Professions Act (HPA) outlines the requirement to be registered to provide professional services, performing restricted activities and the use of protected titles.