First Nations living on-reserve in remote communities, including fly-in communities often have limited access to primary care, specialists, or urgent care.
Telemedicine can help connect remote and rural communities (both on-reserve communities as well as indigenous points of care) to health-care partners; using videoconferencing systems, patients in these communities connect with clinicians and specialists across Ontario through real-time video.
OTN and KOeTS is piloting a new model for First Nation communities intended to be a simpler and more convenient alternative to purchasing a room-based videoconferencing system. First Nation on-reserve communities with adequate internet connectivity can apply to receive a secure desktop computer with videoconferencing devices (web camera and speaker phone) so they can participate in a video consult through a private and secure web link.
*Provider steps apply to the identified organizations in the ‘Where it’s available’ tab. All other organizations should access OTN through the OTNhub.
OTN’s videoconferencing solutions make health care better by enabling you to:
Telemedicine enables you to:
|Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag RC
Attawapiskat First Nation
|Naicatchewenin First Nation
Naotkamegwanning First Nation (Whitefish Bay)
Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation
Northwest Angle No. 33 First Nation
In 2017, over 30 new telemedicine systems were distributed to Indigenous communities. Over 120 systems are now active, connecting communities to care across the province.
Indigenous Telemedicine in Ontario
- Aboriginal Health Access Centres
- First Nation (on-reserve) communities are telemedicine-enabled
- First Nations communities on OTN
- KOeHealth telemedicine communities (majority are fly-in)
- Metis Nation of Ontario sites
- Numerous Indigenous points-of-care
Partnerships are key to the successful adoption of telemedicine in Indigenous communities. OTN counts among its valued partners: Keewaytinook Okimakanak eHealth Telemedicine Services (KOeTS), the Chiefs of Ontario, the Trilateral First Nations Health Senior Officials Committee, and the Metis Nation of Ontario.