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Ontario Telemedicine Network

Ross Memorial Hospital staff, physicians and patients now benefit from telemedicine through the use of the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN).

OTN is an independent, not-for-profit organization that is funded by the Government of Ontario. "Telemedicine" (TM) is the delivery of health-related services and information using telecommunications technologies. Using two-way videoconferencing systems and tele-diagnostic instruments like digital stethoscopes, otoscopes and patient examination cameras, OTN helps deliver clinical care and professional education among health care providers and patients.

OTN is transforming the way patients can receive needed health care by extending and enhancing access to health care providers and eliminating barriers to care, all across Ontario.

OTN was created through the April 2006 merger of three award-winning, provincially-funded telemedicine networks: CareConnect (Eastern Ontario), NORTH Network (Central & Northern Ontario) and VideoCare (Southwestern Ontario). Today, more than 2,000 health care professionals deliver care using OTN. OTN programs and services are delivered in over 500 sites across the province. In 2007, over 32,000 clinical consultations in Ontario were conducted using telemedicine.

The Ontario Telemedicine Network is invaluable in bringing highly specialized care to patients in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Timely access to such care, without the need to travel great distances, is an important benefit to our community, particularly our seniors.

While the primary focus of the Ontario Telemedicine Network is to provide specialty consultations to rural and community hospitals, the hospitals are also able to maximize on the potential of the Telemedicine equipment for other essential purposes such as:

  • Continuing education programs for patients and families
  • Continuing education for medical, nursing and allied health personnel
  • Clinical rounds and peer-to-peer consultations
  • Research opportunities

For More Information on OTN Programs and Services visit the web at: http://www.otn.ca/

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