Using videoconferencing technology, patients can now be seen by a physician or healthcare team without traveling long distances to do so, reducing the need for a patient to transfer between healthcare facilities.
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 video.
The need to reduce patient transfers from long-term care facilities to the Hospital emergency department can be decreased through regular Telemedicine visits.
Telemedicine is all about moving patient information, not the patient.
What Happens at a Telemedicine Appointment
The patient arrives at a predetermined OTN site located at Southlake. There, an OTN Clinical Resource person , who is also a nurse, will explain how the system works, makes the patient comfortable and facilitate the two-way visual correspondence between the patient and physician or other healthcare professionals.
The Telemedicine session is like a regular appointment only the physician or health care provider is viewed on a television screen (much like Skype).
Any needed assessments can be performed by the attending nurse at the request of the physician. Before the patient’s arrival, the healthcare professional will already have the relevant information to support the patient’s telemedicine visit.
Electronic diagnostic equipment such as patient exam camera or digital stethoscope allow for a thorough exam.
All information is relayed over the video conference system which in encrypted to ensure confidentiality. Appointments take place in a private room. The patient can only be seen and heard by those directly involved in the consultation at both the patient’s location and the consultant’s site.
The following telemedicine services are offered at Southlake
Patient Education Classes
The following telemedicine classes are offered at Southlake
- Internal Medicine
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 secure system.
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. 2419.
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