The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has challenged healthcare systems worldwide. Uncertainty of transmission, limitations of physical healthcare system infrastructure and supplies as well as workforce shortages require dynamic adaption of resource deployment to manage rapidly evolving care demands, ideally based on real time data for the entire population. Moreover, shut down of traditional face-to-face care infrastructure requires rapid deployment of virtual health care options to avoid collapse of health organizations. The Alberta Electronic Health Record Information System is one of the largest population based comprehensive electronic medical record (EMR) installations. Alberta’s long standing solid telehealth hardware-, training-, provider remuneration- and legislation infrastructure has enabled quick transition to virtual healthcare. Virtual health services including asynchronous secure clinical communications, real-time virtual care via messaging, telephony or video conferencing (telehealth) and ancillary functions like triage, scheduling, documentation and reporting, the previously established virtual hospital program with home monitoring, virtual health assessments, medication review, education and support for patients and families and coordination between family doctors, specialists and other health team members help to control viral transmission, protect healthcare personnel and save supplies. Moreover, rapid launch of online screening and triage tools to guide testing and isolation, online result sharing, infected patient and contact tracing including a smartphone exposure tracking application (ABTraceTogether), electronic best practice alerts and decision support tools, test and treatment order sets for standardized COVID-19 management, continuous access to population level real-time data to inform healthcare provider, public health and government decisions have become key factors in the management of a global crisis in Alberta.