Canada’s Telemedicine Network Treats Hundreds of Patients

A 2009 Gartner Report indicates that telemedicine has been a tremendous success in the province of Ontario, Canada. From 2008 to 2009, more than 2,008 clinicians conducted 70,600 telemedicine sessions using the Ontario Telemedicine Network.

The Ontario Telemedicine Network estimates that these videoconferencing sessions have saved patients millions of kilometers of travel. Moreover, they have also given patients more timely diagnoses and treatment and improved quality of life from receiving health care close to home. In surveys, 90% of clinicians said that they would recommend videoconferencing to their colleagues for patient consultation, and about 94% of patients said that they were satisfied with their telemedicine visits and would recommend telemedicine to their friends and family.

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