The Ontario Telemedicine Network: a case report

Telemed J E Health. 2013 May;19(5):373-6. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2012.0299. Epub 2013 Jan 9.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Computer Communication Networks / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Models, Organizational
  • Ontario
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Telemedicine / organization & administration*
  • Telemedicine / statistics & numerical data
  • Telemedicine / trends