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What is Telemedicine?

Telemedicine Telemedicine is a way for you to see your health-care specialist without travelling to their facility.  Telemedicine uses a variety of innovative technologies to bring care to the patient, including two-way videoconferencing and Store Forward technology.  Store forward technology allows a health-care provider in any community to take pictures of skin conditions and send the pictures along with information about your condition over a secure Internet connection to a specialist for advice.

Telemedicine at The Ottawa Hospital

TelemedicineThe Ottawa Hospital’s vision is to provide each patient with the world-class care, exceptional service and compassion we would want for our loved ones.

As the largest academic health sciences centre in the Champlain LHIN, TOH recognizes the value of telemedicine to enable the delivery of health care to patients who must travel significant distances to see their health-care provider.  Telemedicine allows patients, their families, and their community health-care providers to have greater access to care in their home community.

The Ottawa Hospital uses telemedicine technologies to improve access to health care and health education regionally, provincially, and nationally.  As a proud partner of the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), The Ottawa Hospital shares their vision that telemedicine will be a mainstream channel for health care delivery and education.

Telemedicine is in a constant state of evolution as technology provides endless opportunities for developing new approaches to the delivery of health services. In recognizing the tremendous potential for growth in this area, the College acknowledges that telemedicine will likely be one of the greatest influences on the way medicine is practiced in the future. (College of Physicians of Ontario, July 2007)

Quick Stats

  • The Ottawa Hospital began using telemedicine for clinical care in 2006.
  • There are currently over 20 clinical departments offering care at a distance through telemedicine.
  • Over 100 Ottawa Hospital health-care professionals use telemedicine in their practice.
  • Approximately 400 telemedicine appointments occur on a monthly basis.

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