New telehealth sites opened across
REGINA – Telehealth Saskatchewan has expanded into eight new locations,
making its services available in every provincial, regional and district
hospital in Saskatchewan, as well as northern hospitals in La Ronge, La
Loche, Ile a la Crosse, Beauval and Pinehouse.
Telehealth uses videoconferencing technology to improve patients’ access
to specialized medical services from within their own communities.
The new sites are located in Lloydminster, Humboldt, Melfort, Tisdale,
Estevan, Melville, Saskatoon (City Hospital) and Regina (Pasqua
Each site contains videoconferencing equipment that allows clinical
appointments to be completed over great distances. The initiative was
financed using $400,000 of the $66 million in funding committed at the
2004 First Ministers’ Meeting.
At the official opening of the new site in Lloydminster, Health Minister
Len Taylor said Telehealth supports the government’s goal of making high
quality services accessible to all residents, no matter where in the
province they live.
“People who need specialized health services should not face cost or
travel challenges that prevent them from receiving those services,”
Taylor said. “Telehealth not only helps patients easily connect with
specialists, but supports health providers with continuing medical
education, and helps rural professionals and medical residents keep in
touch with their urban colleagues.”
“This new Teleheath site for Prairie North Health Region expands our
options in making specialized services available to our residents on
both sides of the Saskatchewan-Alberta border,” Prairie North Health
Region CEO David Fan said.” Lloydminster is linked to the Alberta
system. Together, both systems better serve patients and healthcare
professionals by offering services closer to home in convenient,
“In my experience, Telehealth removes the geographic and economic
barriers for patients who live far from an urban centre and need a
medical specialist,” Telehealth Advisory Committee chair, medical
advisor to the program and general practitioner from Meadow Lake, Dr.
Peter Kapusta, added. “It is truly a benefit for the most vulnerable
people in our communities.”
The Telehealth network now includes 26 sites across the province, and
serves about 5,500 Saskatchewan residents and healthcare providers every
Detailed information about Telehealth is available at