Researching How Technology Can Bring Health Care Closer to Home – Healthscape

April 06, 2017

Travelling for health care is a given for many people living in Northwestern Ontario, though technology is helping. Dr. Abraham (Rami) Rudnick, who became the Vice President of Research for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and the Chief Scientist of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute in January 2017, wants to find even more ways of bringing health care to the patient through the use of technology.

“Mobile and remote access can help improve health outcomes considerably. We want to do more, and do it in a more timely fashion: early detection, early intervention. Technology can help us do that as close to home as possible,” Rami said.

Northwestern Ontario tends to have poorer health outcomes than provincial averages for a number of reasons, and distance to health care services is a major factor. Although it’s not a unique problem (for example, Australia has a similar challenge), it is one that requires custom solutions. Today, videoconferenced family doctor and specialist appointments are becoming more common, and there are other tools to connect patients with doctors and other health care providers right from the patient’s home.

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