On March 19, 2020, the Chief Medical Officer of Health released Directive #2 for health care providers in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Directive required that all non-essential and elective services be ceased or reduced to minimal levels until further notice.
On May 26, 2020, Directive #2 was amended to “support the gradual restart of all non-essential and elective services provided by Health Care Providers,” thus giving clearance to resume full services within current public safety requirements, given the ongoing pandemic and continuing risk to patients and health care providers.
Providers of echocardiographic services are now faced with the dual challenges of modifying service provision in a manner that ensures compliance with public health requirements, while engaging the accumulated backlog of deferred examinations.
The following document has been developed with the intention of providing recommendations to guide the resumption of activity within this environment and rational engagement of deferred examinations.
For more information, contact the OAC office:
34 Eglinton Ave. West, Suite 410
Toronto, Ontario M4R 2H6