“Virtual care – telemedicine – is an essential enabler in the creation of the sustainable, equitable, patient-focused health care system we all want,” said Dr. Ed Brown, OTN CEO. “An important part of making that happen is connecting health providers with other innovators who have used telemedicine effectively and giving them hands on experience with it. This not only builds confidence in the effectiveness of technology-assisted health care, it helps providers envision how to integrate it into their practice.”
High Tech, High Touch enabled over 250 health professionals to explore, learn and become comfortable with the incredible range of current available telemedicine technology. CEO Bill MacLeod of the Mississauga Halton LHIN said, “We’re championing this technology because it positively impacts the overall patient and health care provider experience. It improves access and equity to health care services; provides resources that enhance health system capacity; and increases knowledge transfer and collaboration.”
Telehomecare was one of the telemedicine technologies demonstrated at High Tech, High Touch. In the images above, patients participate in a remote patient monitoring program to help self-manage from home their congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Patients are provided with a blood pressure monitor, a pulse oximeter, a weight scale and a tablet which they use to monitor their vital signs and answer health questions daily. The data is monitored at a distance by a clinician who intervenes when there are signs of a worsening condition and who also shares data regularly with the most responsible provider. A nurse also provides health coaching by phone.
Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn was on-hand to open High Tech, High Touch, “The Ontario government is committed to ensuring that Ontarians across the province have better and faster access to quality health services. Telemedicine is a terrific way to provide patients with the information they need so they can make decisions that will help them live healthy lives and stay healthy. It also increases collaboration among health care providers, improving both the patient experience and patient outcomes. I commend the Mississauga Halton LHIN on hosting this very important and informative event.”
Health Link patients with complex medical conditions in the Mississauga Halton LHIN are regularly experiencing how telemedicine technology is making accessing health care easier. For example, when the care coordinator comes to a patient’s home, they are able to video conference with the patient’s physician, receiving medical advice, conveying vitals and updating the patient care coordination plan; those with a computer or tablet and access to the internet, can conduct the same type of video conference without assistance from a care coordinator.
Telemedicine enables providers to remotely diagnose, monitor and treat patients – and helps patients manage their illnesses through self-care and access to education and support systems. The Ontario Telemedicine Network provides the platform and tools, programs and services that make this possible.
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