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 • Nephrology• Pediatric Surgery • Pediatric Rheumatology • Rehabilitation • Stoma Therapy • Renal Dialysis/ Chronic Renal Insufficiency • Adult/Child Psychiatry • Genetics • Respirology • Neurology and Neurosurgery
Did you Know ……..
- Heartland Health Region has Telehealth in 15 sites in 12 locations:
Kindersley Health Center (2), Outlook Health Center, Rosetown and District Health Center, Heartland Corporate Office – Rosetown, Unity Health Center (2), Biggar Health Center, Davidson Health Center, Eston Health Centre, St. Joseph’s Integrated Health Care Center in Macklin, Kyle Health Center, Kerrobert Health Centre, Lucky Lake Health Center and Wilkie Health Center.
- In the fiscal year of 2016/17 there were 740 patients seen by Telehealth in Heartland Health Region.
- In the same period Heartland patients and their families saved a total of 240,339 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.
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:
An Introduction to Lymphedema (for people with or at risk of developing lymphedema), Monday, September 11, 2017 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Alzheimer Society Learning Series – Next Steps for Families, Session 1, Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
To register for a Telehealth event and to to ensure the event will be broadcast in your site, please contact Kristyn Rutherford – Heartland Telehealth Coordinator at 306-463-6150 ext 2404 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.