8:30 a.m., Aug. 23)
care in Champlain Region goes high tech with video networking
By Fred Sherwin
care of palliative care patients in Eastern Ontario is
about to take a giant step into the 21st century thanks
to a video-conferencing network unveiled on Thursday.
The program, which is being funded by the OutCare Foundation,
will allow staff at a dozen palliative care facilities
in the Champlain Region to consult with more than 1400
health care professionals throughout the province using
the Ontario Telemedicine Network.
program is being made possible thanks to the fundraising
efforts of the OutCare Foundation which raised over $380.000
to make it happen.
Foundation chairman John Bradley, who hals from Navan,
says the network will improve the care of palliative care
patients by allow staff to connect with experts in their
helps to bring more expertise to the patients in their
communities by providing access to training and expertise
from a distance, Bradley explained during a press
conference on Thursday.
technology is especially important in rural communities
where palliative care access to health care expertise
is limited up until now.
the Bruyere Continuing Care and Ottawa Hospital palliative
care units, the network will also include facilities in
Renfrew, Kemptville, Cornwall and Hawkesbury.
linking to the network, patients will be able to stay
close to home while still accessing specialist-level advice
generally limited to bigger cities.
will also be able to participate in training programs,
such as a weekly medical journal club run at Bruyère
to discuss the most recent palliative research.
Foundation chairman John Bradley hosts a teleconference
on Thursday announcing that 12 palliative care facilities
in Eastern Ontario will soon be joining the Ontario
Telemedicine Networl. Ottawa Citizen photo
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