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Manitoba launches French-language telehealth service

WINNIPEG – Francophone Manitobans now have improved access to Telehealth services in French with the launch of Télésanté Manitoba, Finance Minister Greg Selinger, minister responsible for French language services, and Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, announced earlier this month.

“Télésanté Manitoba will link French-speaking patients with francophone healthcare providers, giving them better access to health services in French,” said Selinger. “In addition, the network will link francophone service providers across the province for educational opportunities, enhancing our ability to provide health-care services in French.”

A project of MBTelehealth, Télésanté Manitoba uses information technology to link people to healthcare expertise in other communities. A satellite or ground video link is used to connect specialists or other healthcare providers to patients, who are able to see, hear and talk to each other on a monitor.

“The MBTelehealth Network is committed to partnering with Manitoba’s regional health authorities to develop and support innovative solutions to enhance access to healthcare services,” said Liz Loewen, director of MBTelehealth. “We welcome these new sites to the network.”

Télésanté Manitoba services will be located in seven francophone communities:

• Centre de santé in St. Boniface in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority;

• St. Claude in Regional Health Authority – Central;

• Notre Dame de Lourdes in Regional Health Authority – Central;

• St. Jean Baptiste in Regional Health Authority – Central;

• Swan Lake in Regional Health Authority – Central;

• St. Pierre Jolys in the South Eastman Regional Health Authority; and

• Centre Médical Seine in Ste. Anne, South Eastman Health/Santé Sud-Est Inc.

“This important service allows people to reduce the time they spend away from home and work for medical appointments,” said Irvin-Ross. “Having this service available in French will also help support people as they access the specialized care they need.”

Total costs for Télésanté Manitoba are approximately $438,600, with more than $182,000 contributed by Manitoba Health, an additional $219,000 investment from Canada Health Infoway, and in-kind contributions from each site.

MBTelehealth, a program of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, was established in 2001 through a partnership between Health Canada’s Canada Health Infostructure Partnership Program with matching funding from Manitoba Health and all Manitoba regional health authorities.

Currently, there are 50 sites in 37 communities on the MBTelehealth Network, with at least one site in each of Manitoba’s regional health authorities and sites in First Nations communities.

More information on MBTelehealth and its services is available at