May 30, 2006

Manitoba's Telehealth Network opens new State-of-the-Art Facility

The Manitoba Telehealth Network, MBTelehealth, celebrated the opening of its new offices on the 7th floor of the John Buhler Research Centre at Health Sciences Centre on Friday May 26th, 2006.

"Health Sciences Centre is the busiest site on the network and access to this new space will enable the network to continue to respond to increasing demands for this service from across the province" commented Liz Loewen, Director, MBTelehealth.

The Health Sciences Centre Foundation has provided close to 3000 square feet of space for MBTelehealth's new base of operations. The new location will allow the program to expand its centralized resources in one space, to better support network users, and enable the network to embark on a number of expansion and innovation projects.

MBTelehealth uses live interactive videoconferencing to enable the delivery of health care services, continuing education and administrative connections between urban, rural and northern communities across Manitoba. In addition to providing services to communities in Manitoba, MBTelehealth also provides regular clinical services to First Nations Communities in Northwestern Ontario and Inuit communities in the Kivalliq region of Nunavit.

Through the use of a high speed, secure, video link, patients are connected to a medical specialist or other healthcare professional at another site in Manitoba. The telehealth network's primary focus is the provision of clinical services. Over 200 different clinical specialists provide services on the network coming from over 50 different specialty areas.

Established in 2001 with funding from Canada Health, Manitoba Health and all Manitoba Regional Health Authorities, the network became an ongoing program of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority in 2003. There are now 28 MBTelehealth sites in regions throughout Manitoba.

Use of the Telehealth network can improve access to health services for patients and reduce the costs and risks associated with patient travel. As well, staff experience easier access to administrative and continuing education events with reduced travel costs.

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MBTelehealth website

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