KO Telehealth Visits Sandy Lake

Keewaytinook Okimakanak Telehealth was in Sandy Lake on Monday August 19th and Tuesday August 20th to talk about the KO Telehealth Initiative . Sandy Lake First Nation, Health Director, John McKay, invited KO Telehealth so that people in his community could learn more about telemedicine services. On Monday evening, KO Telehealth Project Manager, John Rowlandson, lead a discussion about telehealth services with resident and visiting clinical staff. On Tuesday morning, Rowlandson, presented to Elders and the Sandy Lake Band Council. Nurses and physicians who attended Monday night were enthusiastic about the ways that telemedicine could be used in a remote First Nation like Sandy Lake. They were interested to hear about how it was working in other KO communities and what was involved in delivering and supporting telemedicine services. Similarly, Elders and Council members said they enjoyed the presentation and that they had a better idea about what telehealth is and how it might work in Sandy Lake. Broadband services -- such as high speed internet and videoconferencing are now being implemented throughout the community.