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Evaluation of the KO Telehealth/NORTH Partnership Expansion Project
R.W. Pong, J.C. Hogenbirk, S. Hardy, B. Minore, R. Ramirez, A. Lauzon, and A. Ibanez

This research project, in collaboration with the University of Guelph's School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD), evaluated the Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) Telehealth/NORTH Network telehealth service as it expanded to 19 additional sites in the Sioux Lookout Health Zone in NW Ontario. The telehealth expansion project was funded by the Primary Health Care Transition Fund of Health Canada and other federal and provincial agencies/departments. The evaluators were from CRaNHR and SEDRD.

The research team worked closely with First Nations communities and organizations to ensure that the First Nations people have the means to continue to collect, analyze and use data in the years after the formal evaluation program has ended. The evaluation also addressed the evaluation needs of federal and provincial government agencies/departments and other partners. The evaluation helped guide the expansion of the existing KO Telehealth/NORTH Network telehealth service as the service seeked to improve regional access to integrated health services in those first nations in the Sioux Lookout Health Zone with local access to nursing stations or health centres.

(commissioned by Keewaytinook Okimakanak)

[To read the Final Evaluation Report of the "Keewaytinook Okimakanak Telehealth/NORTH Network Expansion Project", please visit our Online Reports page.]



(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff)