Telemedicine allows you to see a physician or health-care specialist for an appointment, without having to travel to his or her facility. Using video technology, telemedicine allows patients and physicians to connect for initial assessments, follow-up appointments or therapeutic education.
RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
|A telemedicine appointment mirrors a “face to face” appointment, except that the doctor or health care provider is seen on a video monitor from a remote location. A nurse or health care professional will likely accompany the patient during the visit to assist with any assessments that the doctor needs. Before the scheduled appointment, additional tests may be ordered by the physician and completed to support to telemedicine visit.
- Reduces time and travel costs
- Enables earlier and faster diagnosis for better patient outcomes
- Reduces patient transfers between health facilities
- Improves access to limited specialist resources across the system
- Is available for use by out-of-town family members who want to be present at a loved one’s appointment
|Telemedicine is available for use in a number of programs and services including follow-up ortho appointments, anesthesia consults, bariatric consults, mental health, adult and paediatric nephrology, and oncology.
|Telemedicine is available to anyone with a valid OHIP card. Although Telemedicine is useful for many appointments, the physician and patient will determine whether the visit is truly appropriate for a telemedicine appointment instead of a face-to-face meeting.
For more information, or to see if telemedicine is right for you please contact a WRH Telemedicine Nurse.
|All Telemedicine appointments are private and confidential. At WRH, telemedicine appointments are conducted in private rooms over a secure network. The visits are not recorded or videotaped without a patient’s prior knowledge and permission.
Chronic Disease Telemedicine Nurse
519-257-5111 ext 33446
Oncology Telemedicine Nurse:
519-254-5577, ext. 54209