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Published Online: 19 April 2013

The Ontario Telemedicine Network: A Case Report

Publication: Telemedicine and e-Health
Volume 19, Issue Number 5

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This article describes the evolution, current status, and future prospects of the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN). Started in the late 1990s (and formally established in 2006), OTN is a not-for-profit corporation primarily funded by the Government of Ontario, Canada, that aims to improve access to and quality of care throughout the Province. It covers a land mass larger than France and serves a population of just over 13 million, the vast majority of which live in a narrow strip close to the U.S. border. Telemedicine has been effective in reducing travel to usual sources of care, reducing hospital admissions, and improving efficiency and prompt access to care. The diffusion of telemedicine is accelerating in Ontario, and it is becoming an integral part of the health system.

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cover image Telemedicine and e-Health
Telemedicine and e-Health
Volume 19Issue Number 5May 2013
Pages: 373 - 376
PubMed: 23301768

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Published in print: May 2013
Published online: 19 April 2013
Published ahead of print: 9 January 2013
Accepted: 6 December 2012
Received: 29 November 2012

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Edward M. Brown
Ontario Telemedicine Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Address correspondence to:Edward M. Brown, MDOntario Telemedicine Network105 Moatfield Drive, Suite 1100Toronto, ON, M3B 0A2Canada
E-mail: [email protected]

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