Introduction

The global pandemic was an emerging challenge that significantly impacted healthcare systems and the delivery of care. Prompt actions and adaptive techniques, such as the virtual clinic, were implemented to ensure the quality and continuity of the care provided. The aim of this quality improvement project was to ensure the smooth implementation and effectiveness of the virtual clinic during the COVID-19 crisis.

Methods

A specialized team of multidisciplinary healthcare providers was established to systematically ensure the implementation of the virtual clinic within the Department of Oncology. The team used multiple Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles of the quality improvement model to achieve the final goal and facilitate the transition to the virtual clinic.

Results

A total of 29 weekly virtual clinic sessions were conducted, covering various oncology services. From March to December 2020, 81% of the scheduled patients (3888) responded to virtual clinic calls. Physicians initiated 234 unplanned virtual clinic calls to follow up on a patient’s condition. In addition, 916 medications were shipped to patients as needed. A patient satisfaction survey in May 2020 indicated an overall satisfaction rate of 92% with the virtual clinic process. Staff satisfaction was also high (91%), and 88% of the physicians believed that the virtual clinic would continue beyond the pandemic.

Conclusion

Implementing the virtual clinic is achievable through following systematic steps and effectively addressing emerging challenges as required. The concept of the virtual clinic was well accepted by patients and staff.

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