Laura Sciarpelletti, writing for CBC News »

The Critical Outreach and Diagnostic Intervention (CODI) video call system was recently installed in hospitals in the Peace Region of northeastern B.C., following other rural areas of the province.

Dr. Don Burke, who developed the iPhone and iPad app, says rural physicians face challenges like low resources, minimal specialist backup and few to no nurses, as well as geographic isolation.

“There was an incredible need for this,” Burke told Carolina de Ryk, host of Daybreak North.

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Emergency room doctors in communities including Dawson Creek, Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge can now contact specialists 24 hours a day, every day of the year. It could be to seek advice when dealing with an overdose, heart attack or a coma with unclear causes, Burke said.