What is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine uses a video-conferencing system called the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) to connect people who are in two different places. For our cancer patients, this means providing cancer care as close to home for each and every person. Telemedicine is simply having your doctor’s visit using video instead of in-person. Rather than coming to the Cancer Centre, patients can go to a Telemedicine site closer to their home (your local hospital for example). Your care team will meet with you through video conference rather than in person.
We have clerks who help to schedule and organize your telemedicine visits at a site closest to where you live plus an on-site Telemedicine Coordinator to help support you and your family as well.
Who can I see through telemedicine?
- Social Worker
- Indigenous Patient Navigator
- Radiation and Medical Oncologists use telemedicine to conduct follow-up pre-chemotherapy and treatment decision appointments
How can I get my appointment by telemedicine?
Just ask! Your cancer centre care team can discuss if telemedicine is right for you. If it is, our team will be in touch with you to tell you when and where your next visit will be.
Contact the Telemedicine Coordinator
Saves you on time and expenses related to travel
Stay closer to home
Access care in your own community
All telemedicine appointments provide a private and confidential connection between locations. At the cancer centre, telemedicine appointments are conducted in private rooms over a secure network. The visits are not recorded or videotaped.