Teleophthalmology Program Update

The KOTM Teleophthalmology program, in effect since 2004, has slowly been growing and progressing despite a lack of sustainable funding. Communities fortunate to have services this year include Keewaywin, North Spirit Lake, Poplar Hill, Deer Lake, Fort Severn, Big Trout Lake and Sandy Lake. With a new OHIP billing fee KOTM was able to add local eye specialists services this year. September 29 2008 KOTM hosted a teleophthalmology nurse refresher workshop. Pikangikum's CTCs Andrew and Ringo Keeper also attended and then travelled along with the nurse Cassandra MacKinnon to assist with Big Trout Lake's second teleophthalmology clinic. Pikangikum has recently purchased a retinal camera and is preparing to launch teleophthalmology services.