It was a different type of house call for a woman in Thunder Bay, Ont., who was the first patient to receive a detailed medical assessment and treatment plan from a nurse 1,500 kilometres away in Windsor, all thanks to an advancement in remote technology.
“It’s revolutionary in a way,” said Kim Brooks, the director of operations for Bayshore HealthCare in Ontario and New Brunswick.
The system, provided to her company by MD Matrix of Toronto, is expected to limit hospital visits, reduce treatment times and improve the patient experience.
“Those items allow the person conducting the assessment, who is usually quite far away, to actually hear heart sounds, hear breath sounds and can actually see into an ear or a nose and do a physical assessment as if they were in the room,” said Brooks.
The technology consists of a variety of monitoring equipment including a special high definition camera, secure high speed internet access, a Bluetooth stethoscope and a Bluetooth otoscope.