Telehealth - providing health care closer to home

What is Telehealth? 

It is live , face to face audio and video appointments at no cost to you. It is conducted over dedicated computer lines that are private, so even though it looks like two TV sets, no one can tune in unless authorized.

What is a Telehealth visit like?

A typical telehealth visit occurs with you and your health care provider. A family member or nurse may be  present if needed. You press one button on the TV remote control to accept the call. You will see and hear the provider without any delays just as if they were in the room with you.

Why use Telehealth?

Telehealth avoids unnecessary travel time and expenses for patients. That means you don't have to spend hours in a car or plane for a short appointment and will save the cost of gas and food. It cuts back overnight stays and having to take time from work. It provides continuity of care and makes increased outreach possible.

How close is the nearest Telehealth video unit to me?

As of Fall 2011 we have Telehealth units located in 14 Health Centres in Central Newfoundland. From East to West: Glovertown, New-Wes-Valley, Gander,  Fogo Island, Twillingate, Lewisporte, St. Alban's, Conne River, Harbour Breton, Botwood, Grand Falls-Windsor, Buchan's, Springdale and Baie Verte.

How can I access Telehealth?

Ask your health care  provider if they know about Telehealth and if this an  option for any part of your care with them.

What is the goal of Telehealth?

The Telehealth goal is to provide support to patients and health care providers. We have over 8,500  consultation visits happening across the province annually. That's over 160 times a week where people do not have to travel long distances to attend an appointment.

Who uses Telehealth?

Our patients currently access health care providers from St. John's to Ottawa and every province in between. Some of the disciplines that use the equipment are:  Oncology, Nephrology, Surgery, Mental Health, Cardiology, Neurology, Wound care, Social Work and Nutritional Health to name a few.

How can I use Telehealth?

Ask your health care provider if they know about telehealth and that you are willing to try it.