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ACCESS to care: The Champlain LHIN (think Ottawa and surrounds) is helping to transform the regional health system by improving access to services. Here’s one strategy: enhanced telemedicine: Through telemedicine, patients can ‘visit’ a physician specialist or other health professional through two-way videoconferencing. What’s new is that fifteen nurses are being hired by five new telemedicine coordinating sites across the region. Hawkesbury & District General Hospital, North Lanark Community Health Centre, Pembroke General Hospital, and South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre will serve as coordinating agencies for their sub-regional areas to support the nurses and the telemedicine programs. The Ottawa Hospital will play a lead role in coordinating the health-professional consultant services delivered from Ottawa.  Four clinical areas of priority have been chosen: addictions and mental health; complex health conditions; diabetes; and pre- and post-surgery assessments. The program, overseen by the Regional Telemedicine Coordinating Committee, also aims to lower wait times for specialist appointments and reduce driving distances for clients.

This entry was posted on Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 1:04 pm and is filed under Longwoods Online.