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2010 News Releases


Telehealth in Newfoundland and Labrador exceeds expectations

Number of ‘virtual’ consultations four times higher than originally projected

April 27, 2010 (St. John’s, NL) – Efforts to connect patients from remote communities to specialists far away have resulted in 8,601 virtual consultations in the past five years, exceeding projections by 6,743 consultations, announced Jerome Kennedy, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Health and Community Services.

Mobile teleophthalmology project brings cutting edge retinal screening technology to rural and remote First Nations communities on Vancouver Island

April 16, 2010 (Victoria, B.C.) - Vancouver Island residents living in 51 rural and remote First Nations communities who are at high risk of developing diseases of the retina related to diabetes are benefitting from a new mobile retinal screening service being delivered in their communities. These Mobile TeleOphthalmology units are operated by specially trained nurses and technicians who take retinal scans of patients and send the images via a secure link to retinal specialists in Victoria for assessment.

Three Ottawa-area hospitals connect to Diagnostic Imaging Network

February 25, 2010 Ottawa (ON) - On February 24th 2010, Queensway Carleton Hospital became the first hospital in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to start sending patient information to the Northern and Eastern Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Network (NEODIN), a repository of medical images and associated diagnostic reports that will connect to hospitals throughout Northern and Eastern Ontario. The Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital and Kemptville District Hospital were also connected to NEODIN on February 24 via Queensway Carleton, the hub hospital.

Wound care teleassistance: unique in Canada

February 17, 2010 (Sherbrooke, QC) – A new service is being launched today: wound care teleassistance, also known as téléassistance en soins de plaies (TASP). With this service a nurse can use a camera to film her patient’s wound, while at the same time an expert nurse in another institution can receive the images. They can then hold an online discussion to evaluate the patient’s wound and plan treatment. TASP increases access to care, allows treatment of patients in their own communities, reduces visits to emergency centres and can prevent chronic wound complications. Because it is based both on a clinical network of specially trained nurses and standardized methods, TASP is unique in Canada.

NWT implements interoperable Electronic Health Record

January 22, 2010 (Yellowknife, NWT) – Residents of the Northwest Territories and the health professionals who care for them will soon benefit from electronic access to medical information such as lab results as the territory rolls out the first release of the interoperable Electronic Health Record project, Minister of Health and Social Services Sandy Lee announced today.

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