ELFHT Ontario Telemedicine Network

Ontario Telemedicine Network

“Our goal is simple – we want to move health care forward by ensuring every Ontarian has easy access to the best health care where and when they need it. Virtual care makes accessing health care more convenient, minimizes time spent travelling, and provides better support for people living with chronic disease. The result is better outcomes and less time spent away from the people and things that really matter.”

Ontario Telemedicine Network

The vision behind the Ontario Telemedicine Network is to ensure every Ontarian has access to the best health care, where and when they need it.

The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) uses innovative technology to make accessing healthcare more convenient, therefore reducing travel time and expenses. OTN is a service that allows people in rural and remote areas to access medical care through virtual and long distance means. They provide a wide range of virtual services, including access to physicians and specialists, as well as other healthcare workers. They also have various services aimed at managing COPD, heart failure, diabetes, and palliative care, amongst other things. OTN is now part of Ontario Health, a government agency responsible for ensuring Ontarians continue to receive high-quality health care services where and when they need them.

OTN is funded by the Government of Ontario, therefore medical professionals such as Doctors and Nurse Practitioners can refer patients to specialists and other health care providers at no cost to the physician or the patient. Our telemedicine program at the Elliot Lake Family Health Team is coordinated by a Telemedicine Coordinator – Nurse.

“OTN brings virtual care innovation to the healthcare system so the people of Ontario can get
the care they need when and where they need it most: at home, in their community or in
hospital. For more than a decade, OTN has increased access to health care and education
across the province with one of the world’s most extensive telemedicine networks. Working with
its many partners and leveraging its unique knowledge of health care and digital technology,
OTN addresses challenges by introducing and spreading new ways of delivering care that
benefit patients, care providers and the healthcare system. An independent, not-for-profit
organization, OTN is funded by the Government of Ontario.”

Ontario Telemedicine Network

More information can be found on their website, or by calling our clinic to speak with the OTN Coordinator.