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Telehealth is up and running

posted Nov 23, 2015, 8:33 AM by Kathy Carr

It was two and a half years in the making, but the Telehealth system is up and has been running at the Carberry District Health Centre since July 29. 
The cost of the project, $55,000, was covered by the Town of Carberry, RM of North Cypress-Langford and the Carberry and Area Community Foundation. "The payment of this project is a three way partnership and we are happy that it’s here." said Councillor and Health Committee member Barry Anderson in his speech at the Telehealth Open House on Thursday, November 12. 
Carberry is the 18th community and officially became the province’s 151st Telehealth site.
An interesting fact is that Carberry actually has  two Telehealth sites in the clinic. 
The one in the basement where the Open House was held, is used for educational purposes like courses/classes and also for meetings. The one upstairs is used for patient care and has a handheld camera to go along with it, to give the doctor/specialist a closer look at things, (ie) wound care and other issues along that line. 
The Telehealth program began in 2001 with 21 sites to improve care for northern and rural Manitoba.
Currently there are now 152 Telehealth sites across the province providing care. There are 500 clinical specialists that provide services over the network in over 60 speciality areas, said Lynn Campbell, Facilitator of the MB Telehealth Program.                    
It's a great program to have and was definitely worth the wait.
Members from Prairie Mountain Health, Town of Carberry, RM of North Cypress-Langford, the Carberry and Area Community Foundation and the Health Committee pose in front of the Telehealth Station in the basement of the Clinic. Back row from left: Craig Hohne, Earl Baron, Tricia Zander, Beverly Becker, Stuart Olmstead, Bob Adriaansen and Lynn Campbell. Front row from left: Norm Campbell, Jaime MacGregor, Barry Anderson, Sandra Jones and Mary Barton.     Photo by Kathy Carr