News Release - May 14, 1999
JUNOR PARTICIPATES IN DEMONSTRATION OF NORTHERN TELEHEALTH NETWORK
Associate Health Minister Judy Junor today attended a demonstration of
the new Northern Telehealth Network that will allow people in remote
parts of Saskatchewan to be seen by specialists and receive health
services without leaving their own communities.
Junor previewed the advanced computer system that will allow health
care providers to see and hear patients in remote locations.
Saskatchewan Health is funding the $1.5 million cost of equipment,
installation and training.
"Through the latest technology we are reaching out to citizens in
rural Saskatchewan and the North," Junor said. "Health care providers
will be able to see and talk to patients, see documents, read x-rays
and use tools like dermascopes, allowing them to diagnose and treat
over great distances."
Beginning this summer, this technology will serve people around Ile a
La Crosse, La Ronge, Pinehouse Lake, Beauval, North Battleford and
Meadow Lake giving them direct access from their communities to more
specialized health services.
Initially, child psychiatry, dermatology, patient education programs
and consultations using x-ray and ultrasound studies will be provided
through the network.
"The Northern Telehealth Network once fully functional will serve
an area of 360,000 people," Junor said. "The new system will
also benefit health professionals who will be able to keep their
skills up to date through continuing education programs."
The project has been developed by an Implementation Committee
including Saskatchewan Health, the Northwest, Keewatin Yathe,
Mamawetan Churchill River, Battlefords, Prince Albert and
Saskatoon Health districts, SaskTel and Computing Devices Canada.
"Implementation committee members put in many hours of work to
deliver health services in a completely new and exciting way, and
for that they deserve much credit," Junor said.
For more information, contact:
Phone: (306) 787-4088