A great blog has been written by Dr. Naheed Dosani for the "HealthyDebate.ca" site, regarding Telemedicine Services in the rural community of Lion's Head, Ontario. An excerpt is included below. For the full blog, click here.
"In Lion's Head, I witnessed first-hand, the way that the OTN offers an important and essential ‘value-add’ for patients and healthcare providers. It saves patients the associated costs of traveling, keeps them safe and provides them with the care they need, right where they live. With an aging population, telemedicine could prove to be a very useful tool in helping to monitor and manage chronic diseases."
“For the most part, patients appreciate that we are reducing barriers to access, even though we may be losing some of the in-person contact that they are used to,” says Dr. Thomas.
Mr. Hadcock could not agree more. “This is the way of the future for patients like me. The future is already here.”
While it is obvious that telemedicine will never replace the classical bed-side examination, it has surely played a role in providing world-class care for patients in this small town.