Tools for Teams: Real-Time Virtual Supports for BC (Webinar)

Team Up! Team-Based Primary & Community Care in Action is a webinar and podcast series that aims to connect individuals and teams, identify tools to apply to current work underway and share experiences in team-based care across the province.


Dr. Brydon Blacklaws and Katrina Bepple from the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) provided an overview and demonstration of the Real-Time Virtual Support service. Real-Time Virtual Support (RTVS) pathways enhance health equity in rural, remote, and First Nations communities across British Columbia by connecting rural healthcare providers and patients to RTVS Virtual Physicians via Zoom or telephone. There are two types of pathways—those for health care providers, and those for patients. This was a popular talk at Quality Forum earlier this year and we are pleased to have been able to offer this encore, enhanced presentation highlighting the continued expansion of supports that RTVS provides and learn how this could be a tool for your team.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the Real-Time Virtual Support service for rural, remote and First Nations communities in BC.
  2. Relate your experience(s) with team-based care to others working in primary and community care teams across BC.
  3. Identify opportunities for strengthening team-based care at your local sites.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Brydon Blacklaws

Brydon Blacklaws is Co-Lead of the RTVS Program, as well as its Emergency Medicine arm – RUDi (Rural Urgent Doctor in aid). Brydon is a full-time Emergency Physician in Powell River, while maintaining teaching roles with UNBC, the Nanaimo Emergency Education Program, and the Powell River Simulation (SIM) Program. Brydon is Medical Lead of UBC CPD’s RTVS SIM Program and the RTVS Resident Rural Rounds and is excited to be part of this growing network of support for rural, remote, and Indigenous communities.

Katrina Bepple

Katrina is a dedicated leader with a background in community development and primary healthcare. During the last 13 years she has worked with several key healthcare organizations including the BC Rural and Remote Health Research Network, Centre for Rural Health Research, Chilliwack Division of Family Practice, and now the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc).

Watch the Webinar