Videoconferencing technology is reducing the
distance that some patients have to travel for medical appointments.
The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) allows a patient the opportunity to see
a specialist and/or a clinical team for an initial assessment, follow up
appointment, or therapeutic education, via a confidential videoconference. The
technology is similar to a Skype or Face Time call, except this videoconference
system is encrypted to protect privacy.
Telemedicine appointments can take place at
Southlake or satellite locations.
What Happens at a Telemedicine Appointment
The Telemedicine session is like a regular
appointment, except the physician, or healthcare provider, are in one location and the patient is in separate location. They speak with and see each other through television
screens. Appointments take place in a private room at Southlake. The patient
can only be seen and heard by those directly involved in the appointment at
A nurse will be present with the patient and
explain how the system works and facilitate the videoconference between the
patient and physician or other healthcare professionals.
The nurse, at the request of the physician, can perform any assessments that
are needed during the videoconference. The physician, nurse, and any other
healthcare professionals that take part in the conference, will have the
relevant information to support the patient’s telemedicine visit prior to the
Electronic diagnostic equipment, such as a patient exam camera or digital
stethoscope, allow for a thorough exam to be completed via videoconference.
The following telemedicine services are
offered at Southlake:
- Fracture Clinic
Patient Education Classes
The following telemedicine classes are offered at Southlake:
Patients can have their skin condition
reviewed by a dermatologist over the Telemedicine network without having to
travel to a specialist. Using a designated camera and trained healthcare
professional, pictures are taken of the patient’s lesion and uploaded on the
Telederm system. The picture is then sent electronically to a dermatologist
where it is reviewed and a diagnosis and treatment plan are returned via the same
About the Ontario Telemedicine Network
Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) is a non-profit organization with a mandate
to support clinical, educational and administrative telemedicine services for
the province of Ontario. The cost of a Telemedicine appointment is covered
under OHIP for Ontario residents.
For more information about Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN):
Visit www.otn.ca or call 1-866-454-OTN-1
(6861) or contact us at Southlake Regional Health Centre 905-895-4521, ext.
6027 or ext. 6667.
Read more about telemedicine in the Central Local Health Integration Network’s newsletter