Vytas Mickevicius, Executive Lead, Telemedicine, e-Health Office with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care arrived in Sioux Lookout on Thursday, Nov 24. He met with Robert Thomas, KO Health Director and Brian Beaton, K-Net Coordinator to discuss First Nation e-health strategies. The meeting was arranged by Robert Vigneault of Canada Health Infoway who ended up missing his connections to Sioux Lookout and joined the discussions by telephone.
Vytas is working with the three provincially funded telehealth networks developing the Ontario Health Transformation Strategy. Plans are being developed to integrate these three network into one by April 1, 2006. Ensuring that First Nations and the KO Telehealth service will be able to access these provincial services is an important component of their plans.
Tours of the network, teleradiology at Menoyawin, meetings with KO Telehealth, SSHA and FedNor were part of these discussions.