What is Telehealth Saskatchewan?
Telehealth is a Saskatchewan Health program that provides medical consultation and services to rural or remote areas of the province through videoconference links with designated sites. Health care professionals use Telehealth for appropriate clinical appointments, consults, follow-ups, meetings and education sessions.
If you are referred for a Telehealth Consult with a specialist, your medical appointment will happen through a live, real-time videoconference link. You and your specialist will be able to see and hear each other. It will feel as if you are in the same room!
Video conferencing allows Telehealth connections to almost any other location that uses Telehealth.
Within Saskatchewan, most specialists are located in Saskatoon and Regina, so arrangements may be made to see your provider at these sites using Telehealth. However, you also have the option to connect to any other Telehealth site, depending on your needs and site availability.
How are Telehealth appointments made?
If your family physician recommends a Telehealth consultation with a specialist, your doctor will make the referral. The specialist will arrange a time and date, and you will receive an appointment letter. A Telehealth Coordinator will contact you a few days before your appointment to remind you and answer any questions you may have.
If you wish to see a health care provider using Telehealth, instead of traveling, talk to your family physician.
What kinds of specialists can Telehealth provide?
Regular clinics available through Telehealth include:
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Memory Clinic
- Speech Language Pathology
- Internal Medicine
- Pediatric Rheumatology
- Wound/Ostomy Clinics
- Rehab Medicine
Other clinics may be available. Contact your Telehealth Coordinator or your physician for more information.
What equipment is used?
A Telehealth workstation includes cameras, a computer, monitor, and other special equipment that connects you with your specialist’s location.
Every site has a big screen TV which MAY be used during your appointment. This allows you to see your specialist in another site, or to help the Telehealth Coordinator during your examination. A special patient camera is used for close up examination of the area of interest to the specialist.
It’s your health, and your choice.
Everyone has the right to make decisions about their health care. Telehealth was created to reduce travel and costs associated with access to health services in rural and remote areas.
Technology isn’t for everyone! If you prefer to see a specialist in person rather than through Telehealth, tell your family physician.
However, most Telehealth patients are happy with their Telehealth appointments, and choose to use the system for follow-up appointments.
Telehealth Saskatchewan is supported by Saskatchewan Health and Health Canada.
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Chris Fisher Telehealth Coordinator for Sunrise Health Region at 306.786.0776 or firstname.lastname@example.org