Partnering agreement enhances integrated health care delivery across Northern Ontario

    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - The success of a decade-long collaborative
partnership between the largest provincial Telemedicine program in Canada -
the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) - and the largest First
Nations-directed Telemedicine program in Canada - KO Telemedicine - has led to
a more formal partnering agreement that will further develop and expand
seamless, integrated telemedicine services for all residents of Ontario.
    The foundation of the agreement is based on the mutual collaboration of
the Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) Chiefs and OTN to support and include First
Nations in the development of an extensive telemedicine Network across
    Geordi Kakepetum, Executive Director of KO, said "Keewaytinook Okimakanak
has had a long-standing partnership with the Ontario Telemedicine Network that
was based on getting services to all residents of Ontario. Through this shared
vision, KO has worked with OTN to develop a First Nations-directed, holistic
model of telemedicine that is changing health care service delivery in remote
    Dr. Ed Brown, CEO of OTN, said "The critical ingredient for any
successful partnership is not the agreement, but the people behind it. The
commitment and hard work of the KO leadership and the staff of KO Telemedicine
to making our partnership work to improve health care is remarkable. Together,
OTN and KO have made a greater contribution to the health of communities in
Ontario than either organization could do alone."
    "This partnership marks a significant milestone of working
collaboratively with provincial and federal partners towards the shared vision
of improving the health of our people," said Angus Toulouse, the Regional
Chief of Ontario. "We intend to build on this experience to expand access to
this technology for all First Nations in Ontario".
    Formalizing the collaboration in a partnering agreement is reflective of
the growth of both Networks and the ongoing need for a partnering approach to
support on-reserve delivery of telemedicine.

    The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) is an independent, not-for-profit
organization funded by the Government of Ontario. "Telemedicine" (TM) is the
provision of interactive health care using modern telecommunications
technologies. Using two-way videoconferencing systems and tele-diagnostic
instruments, OTN helps deliver clinical care and professional education among
health care providers and patients. For more information:

    KO Telemedicine (KOTM) will improve health for all First Nations
Communities through a sustainable First Nations Telemedicine Program that is
holistic, community driven and culturally-appropriate. KOTM delivers clinical,
educational and administrative services via videoconferencing and advanced
information communication technologies to First Nation communities in Ontario.
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For further information: Rhona Lahey, Communications and Government
Relations, Ontario Telemedicine Network, (613) 244-3131,

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