The virtual care landscape is significantly changing, largely due to an increased demand initiated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the evolution of technology. Complex questions about how to best leverage virtual care and its impact remain unanswered. Our team developed a systems-level evaluation framework to inform virtual care service design and evaluation to take a more comprehensive approach to planning and implementing virtual care. We designed the framework for application in Alberta Health Services (AHS) by engaging virtual care users (patients, families and healthcare providers), implementation staff and decision makers across the organization. Here we report our design process and key lessons learned. The framework received endorsement by AHS senior leadership for application across the system. Our next step is to test the framework. By sharing our design process and experiences, we aim to help inform other national and international jurisdictions plan virtual care evaluations within their context.
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