Telehealth in Heartland Health Region-Linking Communities for Health Telehealth Saskatchewan is a Saskatchewan Health program endorsed by The Action Plan for Saskatchewan Health Care as an effective approach to improve access to health services. Telehealth Saskatchewan uses communication and information technology to support the delivery of clinical care and professional education services. Using live, two-way videoconferencing, health care providers can apply the latest tele-diagnostic instruments, including digital stethoscopes, patient examination cameras, and digital imaging, to enable a remote patient to ‘visit’ an out-of-town health care provider from their home community rather than having to travel.
Telehealth technology is used by the public and Heartland Health Region staff for all health related applications including appropriate clinical consultations,education and meetings.
Telehealth Saskatchewan not only connects sites within its own provincial network, but it can link with other select sites provincially, nationally, and internationally.
Telehealth Saskatchewan strives to make your telehealth consult as close to what your face to face appointment would have been as we can. It is a real-time videoconference connection, so you and your specialist will be able to see and hear each other just as though you were in the same room. If needed, we also have the use of our patient examination cameras which allow us to give your specialist a close up view of a wound, etc. as well as a stethoscope to allow the specialist to listen to breath sounds and heart tones.
Telehealth Saskatchewan supports ongoing clinics in areas such as:
- Oncology • Rural and Remote Memory Clinic • Hip/Knee Replacement clinical education • Developmental Pediatrics • Pediatric Surgery • Pediatric Rheumatology • Rehabilitation • Stoma Therapy • Ostomy Clincs • Renal Dialysis • Chronic Renal Insufficiency • Adult Psychology • Genetics • Wound Care
Did you Know ……..
- Heartland Health Region has Telehealth in 11 locations in the region.
- In the 2nd quarter of 2016/17, In Heartland Health Region, there were 136 patients seen by Telehealth
- In the same period Heartland patients and their families saved a total of 47,056 Kms in travel by using Telehealth in their home communities
How do I access Telehealth for health services? To access health services through Telehealth you must be referred to a Specialist who consults using Telehealth by your Family Doctor. The Specialist will decide whether your consult could be accomplished using Telehealth and whether it would be appropriate to do so. The Specialist’s office will then arrange the date and time, and you will be notified by letter. A few days before the appointment, the Telehealth Coordinator will contact you to answer any questions that you may have and to explain to you where the Telehealth suite is, when to come into your site, etc.
Where can I access Telehealth services in Heartland Health Region?
Heartland currently has 10 telehealth sites – Kindersley (Kindersley Hospital, and Kindersley Corporate Office), Outlook Health Center, Rosetown and District Health Center (Rosetown Corporate Office), Unity Health Center, Biggar Health Center, Davidson Health Center, Eston Health Centre, St. Joseph’s Integrated Health Care Center in Macklin, Kyle and District Health Care Center in Kyle, the Kerrobert and District Health Centre and Lucky Lake Health Center. Wilkie is a developmental site we hope to see up and running in the spring of 2017.
What other applications can Telehealth be used for?
Telehealth can be used for a variety of purposes other than clinical, including: • Education for public on living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, managing medications, etc. • Education for health professionals. • Administrative – meetings that could include professional associations and working groups, focus groups, etc., within our Health Region, the province and outside of the province.
Upcoming Public Telehealth Sessions in Heartland Health Region:
Alzheimer Society Presents – Understanding Dementia January 31, 2017 7pm to 9pm in all Heartland Health Region Telehealth sites.
Alzheimer Society Presents – Heads up for Healthier Brains March 14, 2017 7pm to 9pm in all Heartland Health Region sites.
Kidney Disease and Obesity March 22, 2017 1130am to 1pm in all (Please contact 306-463-6150 ext 2404 for site availability)
Healthy Body Weight – Health Kidneys 6:30pm to 8:30pm in all Heartland Health Region sites.
Alzheimer Society Presents – Driving and Dementia May 16, 2017 7pm to 9pm in all Heartland Health Region sites.
To register for a Telehealth event and to to ensure the event will be broadcast in your site, please contact Adrienne Wendt – Heartland Telehealth Coordinator at 306-463-6150 ext 2404 or by email to email@example.com at least 2 business days prior to the session date.
For more information about Telehealth Services in Heartland Health Region contact the Heartland Telehealth Coordinator at 306.463.6150 ext 2404 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.