For over a decade, Providence Care has been the hub for telemedicine in southeastern Ontario, connecting patients from distant communities to their psychiatrists or specialists via high definition cameras and video-conferencing technology – all in real time.
In 2001 a pilot project between Providence Care and Queen’s University brought mental health supports to rural communities in Ontario through telepsychiatry.
The program has since expanded to encompass access to stroke rehabilitation, wound care consultation, pain management consultation, lower limb amputation rehabilitation and even access to infertility specialists for patients in all areas of the province.
As the leading health provider in southeastern Ontario for Aging, Mental Health and Rehabilitative Care, Providence Care is uniquely positioned to offer access to medical specialties through the use of technology and telemedicine.
Well over a hundred health care sites across the province receive specialized support from Providence Care. As of 2013, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has deployed more than 3,000 video conference systems across Ontario’s health care sector.
Telemedicine has proven to be a powerful and highly beneficial tool that has truly enhanced accessibility to care, broadened the access to specialized care and shortened wait times for patients.