Posted on April 19, 2016 by Shelagh Maloney
Geography doesn’t have to be a factor anymore in the level of care a patient receives, and that’s good for both patients and the health care system. Take the case of Dr. Dylan Blacquiere, a stroke neurologist in New Brunswick. Using videoconferencing, he is able to provide the same level of expertise and care to his patients in northern New Brunswick as those he sees face to face in Saint John, NB. This helps provide timely interventions, which is great not only for patients but the health care system.
A 2011 pan-Canadian study on telehealth, Telehealth Benefits and Adoption: Connecting People and Providers Across Canada, found that each year an estimated 2,000 rural Canadian patients could have improved outcomes if telestroke were to be adopted as standard best practice across the country. Patients who may have otherwise faced a long travel time to a regional stroke centre are able to receive treatment at their local hospital. According to the Canadian Stroke Network, if appropriate treatment is initiated within the first three to four hours of the onset of a stroke, its debilitating effects may be dramatically reduced.
Watch Dr. Blacquiere’s story to learn more.
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Shelagh Maloney is responsible for driving the implementation and adoption of patient-centred digital health solutions and patient engagement activities. She oversees evaluation efforts that measure the benefits of digital health investments in Canada and leads the development and execution of all of Infoway’s communications and marketing efforts.