Enabling and Accelerating First Nations Telehealth Development in Canada

  • Valerie Gideon
  • Eugene Nicholas
  • John Rowlandson
  • Florence Woolner
Keywords: indigenous, Telemedicine, policy, community


Telehealth is a primary tool for equalizing First Nations access to health services - particularly for remote First Nations. This paper surveys federal policy, reviews First Nations Telehealth development documentation and engages federal and provincial Telehealth principals to determine the state of First Nations Telehealth/Telemedicine in Canada. It concludes that First Nations Telehealth development is slower than anticipated, that national and regional policies are required to resolve cross-jurisdictional issues with provinces and that Canada Health Infoway plays a the primary role as an enabler and accelerator of First Nations Telehealth development in Canada.  

 The report is available here

How to Cite
Gideon, V., Nicholas, E., Rowlandson, J., & Woolner, F. (2009). Enabling and Accelerating First Nations Telehealth Development in Canada. The Journal of Community Informatics, 5(2). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/433