Atikokan General Hospital (AGH) is a member of the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), an extensive network of over 1,200 sites servicing the province of Ontario and one of the largest networks of its kind in the world. OTN provides access to health care for patients in every hospital and hundreds of other health care locations across the province.
Telemedicine is an interactive, two-way televideo conferencing technology which allows for face-to-face communication and facilitates consultations with your physician or other health care professional who may be kilometres away.
If you decide to use Telemedicine, you will have the opportunity to see, hear and speak with a health care provider and discuss your plan of care. This means you will not have to leave your community in order to consult with a specialist. You will save time and money in travel and related expenses, and no longer will you be required to take a day off work to attend an out of town appointment.
In addition to clinical care, we facilitate the delivery of distance education and administrative meetings for health care professionals and patients.
OTN is committed to improving access to quality health care. It’s about having the right provider in the right place at the right time.
The telemedicine studio at AGH is located in various locations in our hospital. You can enter the hospital through the main entrance where you will be directed by staff to the designated area.
A Telemedicine appointment is similar to a regular visit, the only difference is that you will see and talk to the doctor through a television screen. Your appointment will take place in a private room and all information is treated with strict privacy guidelines.
Your Telemedicine Coordinator has several diagnostic tools that will assist your specialist during the appointment. These include an electronic stethoscope with Bluetooth capabilities and a hand held zoom camera.
Ask your health care provider if Telemedicine is right for you. Telemedicine is useful for many appointments, but we may not be able to use it for all your visits. Referrals to OTN can be made by your Family Physician. OTN will then contact you directly with your appointment date and time.
For more information about Telemedicine please access the OTN website at otn.ca