Even more good news this week comes from Burk’s Falls where the leaps in technology and connectedness are doing more than keeping grandparents caught up on the grandkids.
Our introduction to the sphere of Telemedicine puts the residents one step closer to having equal access to specialized medical professionals our fellow Ontarians from larger centres take for granted.
Though not perfect – it will never be as good as meeting a doctor face-to-face – the investment in infrastructure is surely going to be much more convenient for people in need of specialized care and/or consultation.
And we do not use the term convenient flippantly, as if this is just some timesaver like the invention of the microwave oven. No, convenience means ease of access which will encourage residents to seek out treatment in the first place and then stick with it rather than resign themselves to suffering or even endangering their lives.
This alone makes the connection with the outside medical community a likely lifesaver we hope will pop up in medical centres throughout our region beyond Burk’s Falls. As the march of progress continues forward we expect to see this is a standard we can all expect to rely on.
After hearing tales of forced regular travel to far off centres for appointments with harried specialists for five minutes, if this is the future, we welcome it.